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Metaphors on Vision

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre


(Marie Menken, US 1962, 10 min., 16mm)

Melodic Inversion

(Ian Hugo, US 1958, 8 min., 16mm)

The Dead

(Stan Brakhage, US 1960, 11 min., 16mm)

Anticipation of the Night

(Stan Brakhage, US 1958, 40 min., 16mm)

Metaphors on Vision | Special Guest. First published in 1963 by Jonas Mekas as a special issue of Film Culture, Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision stands as the major theoretical statement by one of avant garde cinema’s most influential figures, a treatise on mythopoeia and the nature of visual experience written in a style as idiosyncratic as his art. Long out of print, Metaphors on Vision has just been republished by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry (edited by scholar P. Adams Sitney). To celebrate this definitive new edition, the Eastman Museum presents a program of films that combines a pair of rarely screened works that influenced Brakhage—Marie Menken’s Notebook (1963) and Ian Hugo’s Melodic Inversion (1958)— with two of his own films, the productions of which are discussed extensively in Metaphors—the pivotal Anticipation of the Night (1958) and The Dead (1960).

Special introduction by Thomas Beard, director of Light Industry and publisher of Metaphors on Vision

Please note: Visual Studies Workshop will be screening a rare selection of 8mm films by Stan Brakhage on Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m. This program will also be introduced by Thomas Beard.