Jeanne Liotta: Celestial Bodies

By Microscope Gallery (other events)

Saturday, February 17 2018 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Screening and Artist Talk 
"We live on that planet and the sky's there all the time, for anyone to investigate. Science is just one way of investigating the world and art is another way and you can do it …" - Jeanne Liotta

Microscope is very pleased to present a screening night of films and videos by Jeanne Liotta in connection with her current solo exhibition at the gallery "Break The Sky", which has been extended through March 4th. The works in the program, spanning a period of two decades - from Liotta's first film "Blue Moon" (1988), an "erratic, erotic, arrhythmic lunar trauma", to her 2009 "Sutro", an animated glitch portrait of the 997 ft. Sutro TV and radio tower in San Francisco - are centered around the artist's long-term interest in the observation of the sky, celestial events, and the technologies used to broaden our knowledge of the universe.
Among the other six works in the program are the 16mm films “Eclipse” (2005), which documents “by eye and hand” the 2003 lunar eclipse and appeared in the Whitney Biennial 2006, and "Observando el Cielo” (2007), her multi-award winning film featuring time lapses of the night sky from footage she shot over a period of seven years from remote areas as well as observatories.

The full program is listed below. An artist talk, discussion and Q&A immediately follows the screening.

Jeanne Liotta works in film and other mediums with thematics often located at the intersection of art, science, natural philosophy, and ephemerality. In 2013 Anthology Film Archives presented "The Real World At Last Becomes a Myth", a complete retrospective of her works in film and video, and in 2014 she received a commission to work with NOAA climate scientists in Boulder, CO to create 360-degree media for Science on a Sphere. Her "one-cut" collages "The Tiffany One-Cuts" culled from pages of the New York Times were incorporated into installations by artist Nancy Shavers at Derek Eller Gallery (2016) and La Biennale di Venezia (2017).

Liotta's works have also previously been exhibited at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, Texas; The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, Colorado; Inova Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; The Camera Club of NY, New York; Songs for Presidents, Brooklyn, NY; and the Halle für Kunst und Media, Graz, Austria among others. Her films have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art (including the Whitney Biennial 2006); the New York Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; CCCB, Barcelona, Spain; The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA; and The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, among others.

Awards include NYSCA, The Jerome Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Cinema and The Orphans Film Symposium's Helen Hill Award. Liotta has been a resident at the Experimental Television Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has also maintained ongoing research, programming and lecturing on The Joseph Cornell Film Collection at Anthology Film Archives, and has written a monograph on Cornell's films published by The San Francisco Cinematheque for the traveling exhibition "Navigating the Imagination".

She is presently Associate Professor in Film Studies at The University of Colorado Boulder, and Co-chair of Film/Video at the Bard MFA Program. Jeanne Liotta lives and works between New York and Boulder, Colorado.

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