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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Silver Eye Center for Photography>> Duane Michals Artist Talk + Film Screening, February 18 @ Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Duane Michals' Talking Pictures
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:00 pm
Point Park University, GRW Theater, University Center
Join Silver Eye and Point Park University
as we host artist Duane Michals for an evening of his own short films
and an artist talk. Michals will showcase his new body of work, Talking Pictures, which consists of a dozen short films that were written, directed, and at times acted in by the artist.
RSVP Seating for this event is limited!
Free for Silver Eye members and Point Park University students/staff
$15 for General Admission
Talking Pictures is a new body of work
consisting of a dozen short films created by Michals who wrote,
directed, and at times acted in them. Michals created this new body of
work in the same pioneering spirit that fuels his ongoing discovery of
distinctly new ways of considering the medium of photography. Themes
central to his investigations are addressed in each film, which
consistently maintain his ever-evolving study of the essential aspects
of being human.
Steeped in cinematic history,
Michals draws inspiration from a sophisticated range of sources - early
stars of the silver screen such as Charlie Chaplin as well as esoteric
French illusionists like Georges Méliès. Parallels can be seen between
Michals' movies and those of experimental, underground filmmakers like
Kenneth Anger, whose work, as does Michals', openly addresses the
subject of homosexuality. Michals' films revisit, reexamine, and
reinterpret topics that have preoccupied the artist throughout his
career, specifically issues of identity, love, and loss.
About Duane Michals
(b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators
of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple
exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in
the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced
by photojournalism, he manipulated the medium to communicate
narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate
cinema's frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a
key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or
explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the
images' meaning and gives voice to Michals' singular musings, which are
poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once. (Learn more)
This event is co-presented by Silver Eye Center for Photography and Point Park University.
Image credit: Duane Michals, The Sorcerer Invents the Universe, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203