Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street, Berkeley
$12.00 General Admission / $7.00 BAMPFA members
“Over the years, there have been some external rewards for the works I have created, such as opportunities for teaching, opportunities to show the work, as well as befriend a few individuals near and far that otherwise I would never have met. For all of this I am very grateful, but the reasons for continuing to ‘work’ to this very day have been the same as they were at the very beginning.” -Ernie Gehr
As part of Canyon Cinema’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Ernie Gehr, one of the leading figures of the American avant-garde, makes a rare trip to the Bay Area to present a selection of his recent digital films. For New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, his imagery is “abstract, beautiful, mysterious, invigorating, utopian.” In Picture Taking, our perspective on a Manhattan intersection is radically and beautifully altered; in Autumn, Gehr chronicles changes to his Brooklyn neighborhood. A train museum in Germany is placed in context in Transport, while A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!), shot during train trips between New York and Boston, is deliriously abstract.
An Evening with Ernie Gehr
All works are presented in the digital format.
Picture Taking (2010, 10min, color)
Autumn (2017, 30min, color)
Transport (2015, 21min, color)
A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!) (2014, 20min, color)
Canyon Cinema and the Exploratorium present a second program of films by Ernie Gehr on Thursday, July 20; more information can be found here. A third night of Gehr’s 16mm work will take place at the Roxie Theater on Friday, July 21st. For more information, click here.
Presented in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, this event is part of a yearlong series of programming in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema’s incorporation as a distributor of independent artist-made film.
Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.