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MEDIUM SHOTS: THE FILMS OF MORGAN FISHER

IN THE FALL OF 2005 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York mounted three remarkable retrospectives of avant-garde filmmakers of the same artistic generation: All three—Robert Beavers, Owen Land (born George Landow), and Morgan Fisher—began making films in the 1960s, and all three won considerable recognition while still quite young (Beavers and Land were teenagers when they screened their first films; Fisher was in his midtwenties). In October, the Whitney’s assistant curator of film and video, Henriette Huldisch, brought together the most comprehensive program of Beavers’s films ever shown. The Land program, organized by independent curator Mark Webber for LUX in London, came to the Whitney the next month. And currently on view (following its debut at Tate Modern, London) is “Standard Gauge: Film Works by Morgan Fisher, 1968–2003,” organized by Whitney curator Chrissie Iles. An

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