Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Recent Work by Ernie Gehr

Film still from Ernie Gehr’s Autumn, 2017

Join us on Thursday, April 5, at 6:00 PM, for a screening and discussion with legendary avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr, who will screen a selection of recent digital work. Gehr is best known for his pioneering film experiments of the 1970s (his masterpiece Serene Velocity—a film that celebrates the mechanical possibilities of the camera itself—will be screened on March 31, as part of Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Structural Films), Since 2000, Gehr has shot exclusively on digital video. To date, he has made more than 70 digital works and 10 multi-channel media works. Uniting Gehr’s work in film and video is an interest in presenting commonplace imagery that calls attention to the act of viewing and creation, purposely avoiding narrative as well as psychological and emotional manipulation. Gehr makes films that dazzle the senses through framing, rhythm, pacing, and by subverting the traditional limitations of the filmic plane.

Screening Lineup:

  • Brooklyn Series (2013, 9 minutes, digital)

  • A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!) (2015, 19 minutes, digital)

  • Picture Taking (2010, 10 minutes, digital)

  • Autumn (2017, 30 minutes, digital)


About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video.

Whole Grain is programmed by Museum Store and Publications Manager Sean Fuller and Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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