Berkeley

Jay Rosenblatt, Short of Breath, 1990, still from a color film in 16mm, 10 minutes.

Jay Rosenblatt, Short of Breath, 1990, still from a color film in 16mm, 10 minutes.

Berkeley

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-2000

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
2155 Center Street
October 6, 2010–April 3, 2011

Curated by Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Steve Anker

At the beginning of Christopher Maclaine’s film The End (1953), the most apocalyptic expression of Beat Generation angst, the doomed narrator addresses San Francisco as “a city among cities gone down in fire.” It had not gone down, but San Francisco certainly was burning. In 1955, Allen Ginsberg’s reading of “Howl” at the Six Gallery announced one of the most remarkable cultural revolutions to transform any city, one whose moving-image component was seminal to the postwar US avant-garde. With works ranging from experimental films of the 1940s to eclectic video art of the 1990s, this exhibition and its screenings, which mark the release of a related book, will provide for a long-overdue reappraisal.

Screening series travels to multiple US venues beginning in Jan. 2011.