Dangerous Ideas: Political Conceptual Work in Los Angeles, 1974-1981

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Opposing Views (still)
Dangerous Ideas: Political Conceptual Work in Los Angeles, 1974-1981

50 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
January 8th, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

downtown/east la
(213) 626-6222
experimental film
Free, reservations can be made at 213-621-1736 or


In person: Amy Halpern, Tom Leeser, Dennis Phillips

In the political hotbed of the 1970s, some artists merged conceptual approaches practice in video or film with their political concerns in an explicit manner. These artworks play with basic elements of media creation and perception, while at the same time addressing the troubled times covered by the MOCA show Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981, This afternoon we’ll primarily screen film work from that period, works viewed far less often than some more well-known works on video which can be viewed in the exhibition.

Screening (Program subject to change)
Nine Scenes (David James, 1980, 16mm, color, 13min.) 

Vicarious Thrills (Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren, 1979, 16mm, color, silent, 9.5min.) 

The Broken Rule (Ericka Beckman, 1979, 16mm (from super 8), color, 19min.)

Cigarette Burn (Amy Halpern, 1978, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.)

Opposing Views (Tom Leeser, 1980, 16mm, color, sound, 12.5min.)

Possibilities of Activity: Part I; The Argument (Dennis Phillips & Anthony Forma, 1975, 16mm, b/w, 29min.)

Total: 93 minutes

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.   Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.