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In conjunction with the retrospective Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, at the Whitney Museum through February 10, this series provides a rare opportunity to see the substantial body of work Weiner has produced in film and video from 1970 to the present. For Weiner the making of film and video, like his posters, books, and records, reflects his interest in art being democratic and part of the larger world. In Weiner’s films the actors are friends rather than professionals, and appear in multiple films. The series includes his early videos made for the Gerry Schum television exhibition, shot by the sea, and videos made and shown at Castelli Gallery, in which actions demonstrate stated possibilities for the work to be made. Also screened are Weiner’s six feature films: A FIRST QUARTER’s Godard-influenced structure adopts the Nouvelle Vague principles of cinema; A SECOND QUARTER, shot in 1975 Berlin, explores barriers and borders; PASSAGE TO THE NORTH and PLOWMANS LUNCH (shot in Amsterdam) explore what happens when objects, and people, are moved from one place to another. The series includes Weiner’s explicitly sexual video A BIT OF MATTER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE (1976), introduced by the artist on Friday, January 25th, in which the physical act of lovemaking by several couples is both a reaction to the repression and censorship in the United States in the 70′s and an exploration of Weiner’s interest in materiality: “I’ve always seen myself as a basic materialist which is why my films are so raunchy.” A collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art and Anthology Film Archives, the film and video series is curated by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney, and is screened at Anthology. SCHEDULE: PROGRAM 1: Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 and Saturday, January 26 at 8:30. BEACHED (1970, 2.5 minutes) BROKEN OFF (1971, 1.5 minutes) TO AND FRO. FRO AND TO. AND TO AND FRO. AND FRO AND TO. (1972, 1 minute) SHIFTED FROM THE SIDE (1972, 1 minute) DONE TO (1974, 20 minutes) GREEN AS WELL AS BLUE AS WELL AS RED (1975/76, 18 minutes) AFFECTED AND/OR EFFECTED (1974, 20 minutes) PROGRAM 2: Wednesday, January 23 at 9:00 and Sunday, January 27 at 7:00. A FIRST QUARTER (1973, 85 minutes) PROGRAM 3: Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 and Sunday, January 27 at 9:00. A SECOND QUARTER (1975, 85 minutes) PROGRAM 4: Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 and Monday, January 28 at 7:00. ALTERED TO SUIT (1979, 23 minutes) PASSAGE TO THE NORTH (1981, 16 minutes) TRAILER FOR PLOWMANS LUNCH (1982, 6 minutes) PLOWMANS LUNCH (1982, 28 minutes) READING LIPS (Collaboration with Steen Møller Rasmussen, 1997, 11 minutes) PROGRAM 5: Friday, January 25 at 7:00 and Monday, January 28 at 9:15. January 25 showing of Program 5 introduced by Lawrence Weiner DO YOU BELIEVE IN WATER? (1976, 39 minutes) A BIT OF MATTER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE (1976, 23 minutes) FOR EXAMPLE DECORATED (1977, 23 minutes) THERE BUT FOR (1980, 20 minutes) PROGRAM 6: Friday, January 25 at 9:30 and Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30. HEARTS AND HELICOPTERS–THE TRILOGY EYES ON THE PRIZE (1999, 18 minutes) HOW FAR IS THERE (1999, 17 minutes) WITH A GRAIN OF SALT (1999, 16 minutes) NIETS AAN VERLOREN/NOTHING TO LOSE (1984, 22 minutes) PROGRAM 7: Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 and Tuesday, January 29 at 9:15. BLUE MOON OVER (2001, 5.5 minutes) DEEP BLUE SKY (2002, 6.5 minutes) LIGHT BLUE SKY (2002, 5 minutes) WILD BLUE YONDER (2002, 15.5 minutes) SINK OR SWIM (2003, 18 minutes) INHERENT IN THE RHUMB LINE (2005, 7.5 minutes) LIBERTÉ ET CONTRAINTES LA FORME INHÉRENT (2006, 5 minutes) TURNING SOME PAGES (2007, 5 minutes) Directions: Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Ave. at 2nd St. Subway: F or V to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker. For more information, visit: http://www.whitney.org/weiner http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE closes at the Whitney Museum of American Art on February 10, 2008.
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