Chris Langdon

Now, You Can Do Anything: The Films of Chris Langdon

“Chris Langdon is the first punk filmmaker and the most important unknown filmmaker in the history of the Los Angeles avant-garde.” Thom Andersen

Jack H. Skirball Series

The exuberant, irreverent and surprising films of Chris Langdon make a welcome return to the screen after many years out of circulation. A student of Pat O’Neill, Robert Nelson and John Baldessari, Langdon was incredibly prolific, producing a large body of work in painting, sculpture, film, photography and graphics. Her legendary filmwork, created between 1972 and ’76, is often a brash and funny mix of the so-called high and low: one short film uses a bondage setup as a pretext for a critique of structuralism, while a ludicrous and satirical portrait of Picasso reveals the questionable authority of moving images. Never ponderous or needlessly abstruse, Langdon’s films are direct, formally unique, and full of intuitive flair and wild humor; they delight in provoking and challenging not only modes of artmaking but our reception of art and its purported messages.

The filmmaker is attending in person.

Curated by Mark Toscano with Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 1/25
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff