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Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film, Part One

February 3-March 16

The first section of a series organized in conjunction with the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on two key forms of filmmaking: documentary portraits of outlier artists, and works by experimental filmmakers or makers of so-called underground film. Often self-taught, experimental filmmakers could be called the outliers of the art world, making moving images for the love of the medium rather than for commercial reward or professional recognition. Several contemporary visual artists represented in the exhibition, including Bruce Conner and Zoe Leonard, have used film as well as painting, sculpture, and photography in their practice. Part 2 of the series follows in April and May, with special guests.

still from LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS
Bruce Conner, 1996
courtesy Conner Family Trust

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