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]


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 Corn-petition 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 … 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

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

Screen/Surface: The Politics of Illusionism

September 1972

IN PRINT September 1972