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Exhibition Detail
The Unfinished Film
Curated by: Thomas Beard
515 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10011


June 24th, 2011 - July 29th, 2011
Opening: 
June 23rd, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce “The Unfinished Film,” an exhibition curated by Thomas Beard. What can be learned from unfinished films, from works that arrive to us as fragments? Considered collectively—from Erich von Stroheim’s Queen Kelly to Sergei Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico! to Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind and beyond—perhaps they constitute a secret canon, the most raw and, in turn, revealing sides of an artist’s practice. Included in the show are projects that are intentionally unfinished as well as those abandoned out of frustration, halted by dwindling resources, cut short by death, or curtailed by political circumstance. Representing cinema in a wide range of intermediary states, these are works that unveil the particularities of their origins, lay bare the vicissitudes of their process and production.

At the heart of the exhibition will be a black box theater with a regular, daily schedule of unfinished films and related works, many of which are rarely screened and some that have never before been exhibited publicly. The lineup—whose diverse contents feature the oneiric episodes of Harry Smith and Leslie Thornton alongside the incisive essays of Godard/Miéville and Pasolini—is anchored by the ultimate unfinished film, Hollis Frampton's Magellan. In its final form, Frampton’s epic cycle was to contain nearly 1,000 films totaling 36 hours in length that would unfold over an entire calendar year, though only a fraction of these were completed. The serial project, metaphorically modeled on Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe, was to consume the last decade of Frampton’s career and its many ambitions included the “making of a coherent body of work that shall systematically map the terrain of film art, together with its boundaries, according to poetic principles extrapolated or induced from film’s irrational natural history,” or, put simply, “making film over as it should have been.”

Accompanying the programs presented in the cinema will be a constellation of ephemera and works on paper, such as Kenneth Anger’s drawings for Puce Women, the unmade, feature-length version of Puce Moment, and Joseph Cornell’s scenario Monsieur Phot, represented by an edition that Cornell gave to Susan Sontag when they began their correspondence in the mid-1960s. A number of these pieces maintain a more diagrammatic character, like Dziga Vertov's 1936 schema for his unrealized "creative laboratory," or Paul Sharits’ drawings for Passare, a piece that was conceived as a lengthy, many-chaptered film series, but which had its final life as a suite of meticulous, multi-colored notational systems. Here and elsewhere in the show, the work on view is accompanied by another, imagined work, born out of the fantasy of the original’s completion. Said another way, as Frampton did when comparing Magellan to Tatlin's Monument to the Third International, “The Monument was not built. There are other ways to build monuments. The ways to build them are to build them immaterially, in the mind."

“The Unfinished Film” will be accompanied by a publication with texts by Giorgio Agamben, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Sergei Eisenstein, Oskar Fischinger, Hollis Frampton, Gregory Markopoulos, Annette Michelson, Robert Smithson, and Dziga Vertov.

Thomas Beard is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-curated the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and is currently working on the film program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.



"The Unfinished Film"  Screening Schedule    
Friday, June 24, 3PM
The Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film (2)   Morgan Fisher, 1968, 15 mins
Batman Dracula (excerpt)  Andy Warhol, 1964, 68 mins
Hollis Frampton, Magellan
Monday, June 27, 3PM    The Birth of Magellan
Cadenza I and XIV  1977-1980, 12 mins
Mindfall I and VII  1977-1980, 36 mins
Matrix  1977-1979, 28 mins Hollis Frampton
Palindrome  1969, 22 mins
Noctiluca  1974, 4 mins
Tuesday, June 28, 3PM    The Straits of Magellan
Public Domain  1972, 14 mins
Straits of Magellan: Drafts and Fragments   1974, 18 mins
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit  1975, 62 mins
Summer Solstice  1974, 32 mins
Pas de Trois  1975, 5 mins
Wednesday, June 29, 3PM    The Straits of Magellan
Autumnal Equinox  1974, 27 mins
Straits of Magellan: Drafts and Fragments  1974, 17 mins
The Red Gate  1976, 52 mins
Thursday, June 30, 3PM    The Straits of Magellan
Winter Solstice  1974, 33 mins
Straits of Magellan: Drafts and Fragments  1974, 17 mins
The Green Gate  1976, 53 mins
Friday, June 30, 3PM    The Death of Magellan
Apparatus Sum  1972, 3 mins
Otherwise Unexplained Fires  1976, 14 mins
Quaternion  1976, 4 mins
Yellow Springs  1972, 6 mins
For Georgia O'Keefe  1976, 4 mins
More Than Meets the Eye  1979, 8 mins
Not the First Time  1976, 5 mins
Tiger Balm  1972, 10 mins
Procession  1976, 3 mins
Gloria!  1979, 10 mins
Tuesday, July 5, 3PM    
Orson Welles in Spain   Albert and David Maysles, 1966, 10 mins
Que Viva Mexico!   Sergei Eisenstein, 1931, 85 mins
Wednesday, July 6, 3PM
Puce Moment   Kenneth Anger, 1949, 6 mins
Queen Kelly  Erich von Stroheim, 1928, 97 mins
Thursday, July 7, 3PM    
Orson Welles in Spain Albert and David Maysles, 1966, 10 mins
Que Viva Mexico! Sergei Eisenstein, 1931, 85 mins
Friday, July 8, 3PM    
Puce Moment   Kenneth Anger, 1949, 6 mins
Queen Kelly   Erich von Stroheim, 1928, 97 mins
Monday, July 11, 3PM    
Notes on an African Orestes   Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970, 73 mins
Tuesday, July 12, 3PM    
White Dust from Mongolia   Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, 32 mins, 1980
Wednesday, July 13, 3PM    
Notes on an African Orestes   Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1970, 73 mins
Thursday, July 14, 3PM    
White Dust from Mongolia   Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, 32 mins, 1980
Friday, July 15, 3PM    
Ici et ailleurs   Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, 1976, 53 mins
David Gatten, Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts
Monday, July 18, 3PM
Part I  Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts   2002, 20 mins
Part II  The Great Art of Knowing   2004, 37 mins
Part III  Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises or The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing   1999, 26 mins
Part IV  The Enjoyment of Reading   2001, 16 mins
Tuesday, July 19, 3PM
Part I   Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts   2002, 20 mins
Part II  The Great Art of Knowing   2004, 37 mins
Part III  Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises or The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing   1999, 26 mins
Part IV  The Enjoyment of Reading   2001, 16 mins
Wednesday, July 20, 3PM
Part I   Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts   2002, 20 mins
Part II  The Great Art of Knowing   2004, 37 mins
Part III  Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises or The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing   1999, 26 mins
Part IV  The Enjoyment of Reading   2001, 16 mins
Thursday, July 21, 3PM
Part I   Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts   2002, 20 mins
Part II  The Great Art of Knowing   2004, 37 mins
Part III  Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises or The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing   1999, 26 mins
Part IV  The Enjoyment of Reading   2001, 16 mins
Friday, July 22, 3PM
Part I   Secret History of the Dividing Line, a True Account in Nine Parts   2002, 20 mins
Part II  The Great Art of Knowing   2004, 37 mins
Part III  Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises or The Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Printing   1999, 26 mins
Part IV  The Enjoyment of Reading   2001, 16 mins
Monday, July 25, 3PM
Kustom Kar Kommandos   Kenneth Anger, 1965, 3 mins
Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue   Leslie Thornton, 1984, 21 mins
Peggy and Fred in Kansas   Leslie Thornton, 1987, 11 mins
Film No. 16: Oz, The Tin Woodman’s Dream   Harry Smith, 1967, 15 mins
Tuesday, July 26, 3PM
Peggy and Fred and Pete   Leslie Thornton, 1988, 23 mins
The Witch’s Cradle   Maya Deren, 1943, 12 mins
(Dung Smoke Enters the Palace)   Leslie Thornton, 1989, 16 mins
Haiti Footage  Maya Deren, 1947-1954, 30 mins
Wednesday, July 27, 3PM
Kustom Kar Kommandos   Kenneth Anger, 1965, 3 mins
Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Prologue    Leslie Thornton, 1984, 21 mins
Peggy and Fred in Kansas   Leslie Thornton, 1987, 11 mins
Film No. 16: Oz, The Tin Woodman’s Dream   Harry Smith, 1967, 15 mins
Thursday, July 28, 3PM
Peggy and Fred and Pete   Leslie Thornton, 1988, 23 mins
The Witch’s Cradle   Maya Deren, 1943, 12 mins
(Dung Smoke Enters the Palace)   Leslie Thornton, 1989, 16 mins
Haiti Footage   Maya Deren, 1947-1954, 30 mins
Friday, July 29, 3PM
Two Found Objects of Charles Boultenhouse   Stan Brakhage, 1996, 7 mins
Gammelion   Gregory Markopoulos, 1968, 55 mins
Playing between screenings: 1972 radio broadcast of Ken Jacobs discussing
plans for his unrealized film performance A Good Night for the Movies.

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