- film performance
- video/sound performance
Microscope Gallery is very excited to present an extremely rare screening of the films of writer/filmmaker Akiko Iimura, rediscovered in the past year in their original 16mm formats. Mon Petit Album (1971) and Late Lunch (1978) are the only two films by Iimura and for years have been solely available as video transfers. Late Lunch, a 28-minute coalescence of color, light, and material objects has never before screened in the US. Mon Petit Album, Iimura’s first film, was last screened in the 1980s at Millennium Film Workshop. Both were inspired by the sounds of Belgian musician Jacques Bekaert, who was living in New York at the time and wrote original compositions for Iimura’s films in response. Iimura will be in attendance.
Microscope is very pleased to present a new live expanded cinema and sound performance “Reliquary” by Joel Schlemowitz, whose current exhibit PARALLAX REVERIES is on view at the gallery. In “Reliquary” Schlemowitz projects and layers imagery from 16mm footage, 35 mm slides and colored gels, incorporating sounds from vintage 78 Victrola records – selected during the course of the performance – and the fragrance of burning incense into a unique, live poetic and immersive sensory experience.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present along with Millennium Film Workshop The Return of the End of New York: Paintings by Nick Zedd and John Paul O’Grodnick a two-day exhibition opening on Friday April 25 and taking place during a brief return to New York City by the legendary founder of the Cinema of Transgression movement.
With The Return of the End of New York…, Nick Zedd debuts new and recent additions to his ongoing Entities series, a series first shown in a solo show at Microscope in 2011. Zedd’s oil on canvas 16×16 inch circular works are manifestations of the artist’s “Theory of Xenomorphosis”, which posits the possibility of a super-evolutionary process leading to mutation through the injection of an alien genetic code. Additionally, a series of 2 x 3 inch oil paintings made both as a technical challenge and to explore more explicit imagery will be premiered. The miniature works can also be seen as “an exercise in economy undermining the hegemony of size.”
Microscope Gallery & Millennium Film Workshop are very pleased to welcome NYC underground legend Nick Zedd on a quick visit from Mexico City to present a rare screening of three of his classic Cinema of Transgression films on original 16mm film. The program includes the black & white Police State, featuring Zedd as the falsely arrested; Ecstasy In Entropy starring Annie Sprinkle and Taylor Mead; and “Why Do You Exist” a work accompanied by audio cassette sound. Also starring in the works: Brenda Bergman, Little Annie, Dr. Ducky Doolittle, Darryl Free, Gene Suicide, Joey Zero and others.
Microscope Gallery turns the night over to curator Catherine Corman for “Antiquarian Avant-Garde Film Soirée”, a program of film, video and performance works by Corman as well as artists Gill Arno, Bradley Eros, and Joel Schlemowitz. Seeking the natural, the genuine, the unguarded moment, in forms that are outdated or otherwise forgotten by most current practitioners, the works in the program re-engage with that which was once the avant-garde, referencing silent films and pre-cinematic devices, including handcrafted 16mm film, 35mm slides, live foley and more.