Robin Blaetz (ed.): Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (2007)

25 November 2020, dusan

Women’s Experimental Cinema provides lively introductions to the work of fifteen avant-garde women filmmakers, some of whom worked as early as the 1950s and many of whom are still working today. In each essay in this collection, a leading film scholar considers a single filmmaker, supplying biographical information, analyzing various influences on her work, examining the development of her corpus, and interpreting a significant number of individual films. The essays rescue the work of critically neglected but influential women filmmakers for teaching, further study, and, hopefully, restoration and preservation. Just as importantly, they enrich the understanding of feminism in cinema and expand the terrain of film history.

The contributors examine the work of Marie Menken, Joyce Wieland, Gunvor Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Rubin, Amy Greenfield, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Marjorie Keller, Leslie Thornton, Abigail Child, Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, and Cheryl Dunye. The essays highlight the diversity in these filmmakers’ forms and methods, covering topics such as how Menken used film as a way to rethink the transition from abstract expressionism to Pop Art in the 1950s and 1960s, how Rubin both objectified the body and investigated the filmic apparatus that enabled that objectification in her film Christmas on Earth (1963), and how Dunye uses film to explore her own identity as a black lesbian artist. At the same time, the essays reveal commonalities, including a tendency toward documentary rather than fiction and a commitment to nonhierarchical, collaborative production practices. The volume’s final essay focuses explicitly on teaching women’s experimental films, addressing logistical concerns (how to acquire the films and secure proper viewing spaces) and extending the range of the book by suggesting alternative films for classroom use.”

Contributors: Paul Arthur, Robin Blaetz, Noël Carroll, Janet Cutler, Mary Ann Doane, Robert A. Haller, Chris Holmlund, Chuck Kleinhans, Scott MacDonald, Kathleen McHugh, Ara Osterweil, Maria Pramaggiore, Melissa Ragona, Kathryn Ramey, M. M. Serra, Maureen Turim, William C. Wees.

Publisher Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2007
Open access
ISBN 9780822340232, 0822340232
viii+421 pages

Reviews: Harriet Margolis (NWSA Journal, 2009), Beth Hutchison (Signs, 2009), Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2011), Jan-Christopher Horak (Screening the Past, 2008), David Sterritt (Cineaste, 2008), Phoebe Hart (M/C Reviews, 2008).

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School as a Laboratory of Modern Life: On the Reform of Art Education in Central Europe, 1900-1945 (2020) [EN, SK, DE]

27 October 2020, dusan

Proceedings from the international symposium School as a Laboratory of Modern Life held on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus, organised by the Slovak Design Center at the Goethe-Institut in Bratislava in September 2019.

Contributors: Katalin Bakos, Simona Bérešová, Meghan Forbes, Lada Hubatová-Vacková, Vít Jakubíček, Alena Kavčáková, Alexandra Panzert, Klára Prešnajderová, Sonia de Puineuf, Mária Rišková, Grit Weber, Patrick Werkner, Cornelia Wieg, Julia Witt.

Edited by Simona Bérešová, Klára Prešnajderová, and Sonia de Puineuf
Publisher Slovak Design Center, Bratislava, September 2020
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ISBN 9788089992065
277 pages

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View: Parade of the Avant-Garde: An Anthology of View magazine, 1940-1947 (1991)

18 September 2020, dusan

“As surrealism struggled to sustain its spark in the 1940s, View–the avant-garde magazine edited by poet Charles Henri Ford–attracted many of the most vital writers and artists of the period. A feast of riches, this illustrated anthology spanning the years 1940-1947 includes prose by Max Ernst, Henry Miller, André Breton, Mina Loy, Gabrièle Buffet and William Carlos Williams; essays on Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, Federico Garcia Lorca, Yves Tanguy and Pavel Tchelitchew; and poems by e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens and Lawrence Durrell, to name a few. As this roster suggests, View’s scope went beyond surrealism, embracing many émigré talents who clustered in New York and reproducing artwork by Picasso, Miro, Brancusi, Chagall.”

Foreword by Paul Bowles
Compiled by Catrina Neiman and Paul Nathan
Introduction by Catrina Neiman
Publisher Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York, 1991
ISBN 1560250135, 9781560250135
xvi+287 pages

Reviews: Perry Meisel (New York Times, 1992), Publishers Weekly (1991).

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