MARIA LASSNIG: NEW YORK FILMS, 1970-1980

(Curator)

The world premiere of a series of experimental films the artist Maria Lassnig made in New York City in the 1970s. This presentation focuses on a selection of newly discovered and restored films that examine ways of looking and seeing bound up in bodily sensation. Produced using 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8, and incorporating animation, sound, and poetic voiceovers, the films encourage entry into the artist’s internal world. These newly available documents complicate our understanding of Lassnig's approach to figuration and self-portraiture, as well as other key themes that she investigated throughout her career, including the social roles assigned to women, the tension between public engagement and private seclusion, and questions of technological advancement, especially of imaging technologies and shifts in the way images circulate.

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