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Films by Rebecca Horn, Part 1

Still from Rebecca Horn’s film Der Eintänzer (The Gigolo), 1978.
© Rebecca Horn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Special Event

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Join us for a screening of early films by German artist Rebecca Horn, Performances 1 (1972; 22 min.) and Der Eintänzer (The Gigolo) (1978; 47 min.).

The earliest of Horn’s fleeting performances, largely focused on the human body, were captured in drawings, notes, photographic stills, and beginning in 1970, film. Performances 1 includes the earliest of these; while primarily documentary, several rely on techniques specific to the medium, such as stop-action. Made in her New York studio, Der Eintänzer (The Gigolo) —Horn’s first full-length feature film—turns the artist’s kinetic sculptures into active protagonists in the film narrative.

All films in this program complement Rebecca Horn: “Work in Progress,” currently on view in the University Research Gallery on Level 3. Films will be shown in Menschel Hall following introductory remarks by Lynette Roth, the Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum.

Free with museums admission

The event will be held in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.