Annette Michelson

On the Eve of the Future

March 2017

MIT PRESS has just published On the Eve of the Future, a collection of essays on film written by scholar Annette Michelson over the course of three decades. Art historian Rachel Churner, the editor of the volume, spoke with Michelson to … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]

PROSE AND CONS: PAULINE KAEL

March 2002

Pauline Kael, the New Yorker’s film critic from 1968 until 1991 (save for a brief hiatus in 1978, when she took a short-lived job at a Hollywood studio), died on September 3, 2001. With all of the predictable eulogizing behind us, we asked … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2002 [TOC]

A Conversation on Knokke and the Independent Filmmaker

May 1975

THE FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL Film Competition held in Belgium became, at its initiation, in 1949, the most important international event in the world of the avant-garde cinema. We are speaking of a time when there were virtually… READ ON

IN PRINT May 1975

Beaubourg: The Museum in the Era of Late Capitalism

April 1975

A minor, living art is far more virulent than major, dead art. —André Malraux  IT IS JUST 20 YEARS since there began in Paris the large and polyphonic debate now risen to crescendo around a vast construction site that dominates that section… READ ON

IN PRINT April 1975

Contemporary Art and the Plight of the Public: a View from the New York Hilton

September 1974

Hilton Kramer, The Age of the Avant-Garde, An Art Chronicle of 1956–1972 (New York: Farrar, Straus And Giroux, 1973), 565 Pages.  A DECADE AND A LITTLE more have passed since Leo Steinberg composed, for an audience at The Museum of Modern … READ ON

IN PRINT September 1974

Yvonne Rainer, Part Two: “Lives of Performers”

February 1974

THE IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCE OF Yvonne Rainer’s Indian voyage was Grand Union Dreams, performed in the very large and featureless gymnasium space of the Emmanuel Midtown YMHA in May, 1971. It seemed then and seems still her most problematic … READ ON

IN PRINT February 1974

Yvonne Rainer, Part One: The Dancer and the Dance

January 1974

THERE ARE, IN THE CONTEMPORARY renewal of performance modes, two basic and diverging impulses which shape and animate its major innovations. The first, grounded in the idealist extensions of a Christian past, is mythopoeic in its aspiration,… READ ON

IN PRINT January 1974

“Anemic Cinema,” Reflections on an Emblematic Work

October 1973

A little reflection was bound to show that it would be impossible to restrict to the provinces of dreams and nervous disorders a view such as this of the life of the human mind. If that view has hit upon a truth, it must apply equally to … READ ON

IN PRINT October 1973

Rose Hobart and Monsieur Phot: Early Films from Utopia Parkway

June 1973

For Jonas Mekas   TWO CHRISTMAS DAYS AGO I ANSWERED MY RINGING TELEPHONE and received the most generous of season’s greetings from a stranger. “My name is Joseph Cornell, and although we have never met, I believe we know of each other,” he… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 1973

Screen/Surface: The Politics of Illusionism

September 1972

I. SCREEN  IN 1952 ANDRÉE BAZIN undertook to chart the course of film’s “New Avant-Garde,” beginning with an endorsement of narrative conventions in cinema that was to produce the orthodoxy of the ’60s and its attendant strategy, la politique… READ ON

IN PRINT September 1972