Wallace Berman’s Underground
In person: Toni Basil, Tosh Berman, George Herms, Russ Tamblyn (schedules permitting)
Introduction by Rani Singh
In the mid-1960’s, Wallace Berman inspired and communed with a close-knit circle of actors and artists, who screened their underground films domestically among a group of Topanga Canyon bohemians. These films were influenced by Berman’s spiritualist and radically amateur concepts of art, that nevertheless thrived in the intersection among art, Hollywood, and the institutions of the semi-commercial underground. Among this expanded circle in Topanga were Dennis Hopper, Russ Tamblyn, Toni Basil, Dean Stockwell, George Herms, Bruce Conner, and Robert Alexander. Tonight’s show features the world premiere of Bruce Conner’s edit of Dean Stockwell’s film Pas de Trois!
The evening will include several films made by the artists in this community, along with a conversation among the guests. It is slightly different from the screening on December 3, adding Aleph and Pas de Trois, and removing Artifactual.
Curated by Rani Singh and David E. James