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From Contemplation to Chaos: An Avant-Garde Sampler

Sunday, Jan 30, 2011

This compilation program moves from dreamlike, meditative silence to a joyful, loud frenzy.


Norman Mailer, 1947, 9 mins.

Novelist Mailer’s surprisingly assured foray into surrealist cinema, starring Millicent Brower.


Larry Gottheim, 1969, 8 mins.

A radiant visual study of the changing light in a bowl of blueberries and milk.


Larry Gottheim, 1970, 7 mins.

A serene winterscape viewed through a door unlocks a rich world of textures and revelatory


Body Collage

Carolee Schneemann, 1967, 4 mins.

Schneemann turns her body into a collage to create a visceral “movement-event.”

Meat Joy

Carolee Schneemann, 1964, 11 mins.

An ecstatic document of performance art, filmed during Schneemann’s spectacular erotic rite at Judson Church in 1964.


Tom Palazzolo, 1976, 10 mins.

A frenetic, verbally abusive deli owner offers his own form of performance art.

Free with museum admission.