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Michael Snow, “Walking Woman Works 1961–67”

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Judging from this show, it is one of the ironies of recent art/film history that Michael Snow has become the best-known representative of a school of filmmaking that is widely perceived as the epitome of inaccessibility and arty elitism. It is true that Snow has often seemed to be testing the patience and endurance of film viewers weaned on orgasmically structured Hollywood films and on the zap-zap independent cinema prevalent in the ’60s. But even the most demanding of Snow’s films are full of the ingenious play and good humor that characterize the dozens of variations of his “Walking Woman” series that surfaced during the ’60s in galleries and on the street in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and other North American cities, as well as at Expo ’67. No one seemed left out by this show; young children ran from one piece to the next, discovering the Walking Woman silhouette which is the unifying

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