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Exhibition Detail
L.A. Filmforum presents Bright Ideas: Conceptual Art Films from Los Angeles
Curated by: Adam Hyman, Mark Toscano
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

April 22nd, 2012 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
from Picture and Sound Rushes, Morgan FisherMorgan Fisher, from Picture and Sound Rushes

from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jack GoldsteinJack Goldstein, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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conceptual, experimental film video-art

Los Angeles was one of the centers of Conceptual Art production, as reflected by multiple Pacific Standard Time exhibitions.  Where sculptural and installation manifestations of Conceptual Art are more widely known, film and video also served as media for these sorts of explorations – works in which the concept preceded the work, and for which one could theoretically conceive the work with the rules themselves.  The program includes a wide array of works by artists known both for working in other media and in film.  Several will be in person.

The program includes works by artists more known for working in other media, such as John Baldessari, Jack Goldstein, and David Wilson, and for those working in film, such as Thom Andersen, Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Grahame Weinbren, and Susan Rosenfeld.

In person: Thom Andersen, Morgan Fisher, more to be confirmed


The show is free!  Reservations recommended, and will be held until 7:15 pm on show night, at which time they will be released to anyone present.  Reservations available at

Screening (subject to change):
Melting (Thom Andersen, 1965), Four Short Films (John Baldessari, 1972-73), Picture and Sound Rushes (Morgan Fisher, 1973), Thin Premises (Chris Langdon, 1973), The Gypsy Cried (Chris Langdon, 1973), Subject (Ken Feingold, 1974), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Jack Godlstein, 1975), After 10 Minutes Lines (Roberta Friedman, 1976), Murray and Max Talk About Money (Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren, 1979), Dead Reckoning (David Wilson, 1980), Now Playing (Susan Rosenfeld, 1983)

Los Angeles Filmforum’s film screening series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 features over 24 shows between October 2011 and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum’s exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era. Film series curated by Adam Hyman and Mark Toscano.  See more at Alternative Projections is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945 – 1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.  Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Primary funding for Alternative Projections was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Metabolic Studio.   Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.  2012 is our 37th year.  Contact us at

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