Stan Brakhage

The Art of Vision: Honoring Stan Brakhage

“There were few filmmakers—film director is too limiting a description—who went so far to train audiences to see differently…For Brakhage, the goal of cinema was the liberation of the eye itself.” —The Guardian

Jack H. Skirball Series

Co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Los Angeles Filmforum

With a lifelong devotion to filmmaking as a radical and resolutely personal practice, Stan Brakhage (1933–2003) completed more than 350 films that explored cinematic vision as a means of poetic expression and pushed the boundaries of cinema as art. Defying traditional film language, his distinctive techniques—expressive camera movement, intricate editing, subtle superimpositions, photographic abstractions and painting directly on the film surface—contributed to a singular, humanizing sensibility. Ten years after his death, Brakhage is celebrated on the occasion of his eightieth birthday with two programs of major early works: a rare screening of The Art of Vision (1961-65, 255 min.), his monumental and deeply meditative deconstruction of Dog Star Man (Jan 20), and a second evening devoted to eight short masterworks newly restored by the Academy Film Archive, from the seminal psychodrama Reflections on Black (1955), to his landmark ode to subjective seeing, Anticipation of the Night (1958).

In person: Curators Steve Anker and Mark Toscano



Sunday Jan 20, 5:00 pm
The Art of Vision (1961-65, 16mm, color, silent, 255min.)

Monday Jan 21, 8:30 pm
Reflections on Black (1955, 16mm, b/w, sound, 11min.)
The Wonder Ring (1955, 16mm, color, silent, 5.5min.)
Zone Moment (1956, 16mm, color, silent, 3.5min.)
Daybreak and White Eye (1957, 16mm, b/w, sound, 9.5min.)
Loving (1957, 16mm, color, silent, 4min.)
Sirius Remembered (1959, 16mm, color, silent, 10.5min.)
The Dead (1960, 16mm, color & b/w, silent, 10.5min.)
Anticipation of the Night (1958, 16mm, color, silent, 40min.)

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Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Steve Anker and Mark Toscano.

Associated Images: 

SUN 1/20
5:00 pm
MON 1/21
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff