November 16, 2008.
Robert Breer Q&A - Part 1
Moderator: Adam Hyman
Location: The Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre.
Form Phases I (US 1952, 16mm, silent, color, 2 min.)
Form Phases IV (US 1954, 16mm, silent, color, 4 min.)
Un Miracle (US 1954, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, silent, color, 1 min.)
Recreation (US 1956, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, color, 2 min.)
A Man And His Dog Out for Air (US 1957, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, b/w, 2 min.)
Jamestown Baloos (US 1957, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, color, 6 min.)
Eyewash (US 1959, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, color, silent, 4 min.)
Blazes (US 1961, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, color, 3 min.)
Pat's Birthday (US, 1962, 16mm, b&w/so, 13min.)
Horse Over Tea Kettle (1962, 16mm, color, sound, 8 min.)
Fist Fight (US 1964, 16mm blow-up to 35mm, color, 9 min.)
Pbl No. 2 (1968, 16mm, color, sound, 1 min.)
Gulls & Buoys (1972, 16mm, color/so, 7.5min.)
What Goes Up (2003, video, 4 min. 30 sec.)
Robert Breer, one of Americas foremost filmmakers for more than 50 years, pays a rare visit to Los Angeles to attend a multi-venue celebration of his work. A close colleague of Rauschenberg, Oldenburg and many other seminal artists of the 50s and 60s, Breer brought a comparably imaginative and rigorous appreciation for collage and pure form to the art of cinema. Throughout a body of more than 40 animated—and in ways anti-animated films—Breer celebrates cinema as a unique way of seeing, and the act of drawing as an endlessly expressive and unpredictable personal gesture. Tonight is the third part of a three-part retrospective organized by Steve Anker, featuring a selection of the artists early work (1952-1964), including portraits and collaborations with Jean Tinguely, Claes Oldenberg and other avant-garde figures of the 50s and early 60s, as well as his first major animated and pixilated short films. (Notes by Steve Anker)
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