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Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

New York Eye & Ear Control

Michael Snow and the New York Art Quartet

December 12, 2021

“Conceived, shot and edited by myself in 1964. I selected a group of musicians: Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray. It is one of the greatest ‘jazz’ groups ever. The music used on the soundtrack and other takes from the recording sessions have recently (1966) been issued on record (ESP-DISK 1016). Paul Haines wrote the prologue which appears in the film. Walking Woman Works (1960-67). The Eternal. The Spectrum. The Glissando. The Alarm Clock. Black and White. Thirty-four Minutes. Forty Dollars.”
— Michael Snow

Anthology Film Archives (NYC) co-presents a screening of Michael Snow’s 1964 masterpiece, New York Eye & Ear Control, coinciding with their retrospective on Canadian experimental filmmaker Michael Snow, and the Artists Space (NYC) exhibition Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency, organized and presented in collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring Snow’s relationship to Milford Graves and his ties to the 1960s Free Jazz movement, which is further elucidated in the exhibition through a selection of rare archival documentation. Fundamental Frequency is on view at Artists Space through January 8, 2022.

Michael Snow

Michael Snow’s extensive and multidisciplinary oeuvre includes painting, sculpture, video, film, sound, photography, holography, drawing, writing, and music. His work explores the nature of perception, consciousness, language, and temporality. Snow is a world renowned experimental filmmakers, most known for having inspired the Structural Film movement with his groundbreaking film Wavelength (1967). He has received several prestigious awards including the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2011), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), the Order of Canada (1982), and the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France (1995, 2011). He was born in 1928 in Toronto, where he lives and works today. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1999), the University of Victoria (1997), the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1990), and Brock University (1975).

Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

Fueled by the conviction that the index of a culture’s health and vibrancy lies largely in its margins, in those works of art that are created outside the commercial mainstream, Anthology strives to advance the cause and protect the heritage of a kind of cinema that is in particular danger of being lost, overlooked, or ignored.


Cover: Milford Graves & New York Art Quartet at Michael Snow’s Loft, c. 1960s. Black and white photograph. Courtesy of the Estate of Will Gamble.
Sunday, December 12
xxx6:15pm

Category

  • Screening
  • Talks

Program Info

$12 General / $6 Member
All Ages

Featuring

New York Eye & Ear Control, 1964. 34 min, 16mm.

A screening of experimental filmmaker Michael Snow’s masterpiece followed by a panel discussion exploring Snow’s relationship to Milford Graves and his ties to the 1960s Free Jazz movement.

Venue

Anthology Film Archives
New York, NY

Supporters

Lead Support for Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

Original support for Milford Graves: A Mind Body Deal at ICA Philadelphia was provided to Ars Nova Workshop by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

October 8, 2021–January 15, 2022

Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

  • Exhibition

Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency

Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration Artists Space (NYC), presents a multiform retrospective exhibition and event series dedicated to the life and work of interdisciplinary artist and percussionist Milford Graves.