Friday, April 23, 2010

The Films of Robert Beavers

The Double Negative Collective is honored to present the films of Robert Beavers with a rare screening of his work.  The lifetime partner of fellow filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos, Beavers began making films in the 1960s and thus marked his place within the history of the American avant-garde. Senior curator Susan Oxtoby of the Pacific Film Archive has written: "The films of Robert Beavers are exceptional for their visual beauty, aural texture, and depth of emotional expression.”  Beavers’ film oeuvre, not widely shown, has seen a revival in recent years with retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and San Francisco Cinematheque. Feature analysis of his films and writings can be found in the Millennium Film Journal and Artforum.  We would like to thank the following people for their assistance with this screening:  the organizers of the "Early Monthly Segments" film screening series in Toronto (Kate MacKay, Scott Miller Berry, and Chris Kennedy) and Robert Beavers for allowing us to screen his 16mm prints.

The films featured in the program include:

Early Monthly Segments (1968-2002, 16mm, color, silent, 33min.)
The Painting (1972/1999, 16mm, color, sound, 13min.)
Pitcher of Colored Light (2007, 16mm, color, sound, 23min.)

The screening will take place on Sunday May 2nd, 2010 at da time machine located at 155 Van Horne (between Waverly and De l’Esplanade) at 9:00pm (Door opens at 8:30pm).  There is a suggested five dollar entrance fee.

Further reading of Robert Beavers’ work: