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Lights (Body): Rhythm on Camera

Still from Oskar Fischinger’s Radio Dynamics (1942). Courtesy of Center for Visual Music.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Lights (Body): Rhythm on Camera is a three-part film and video series accompanying the exhibition Folding, Refraction, Touch: Wolfgang Tillmans in Dialogue with Modern and Contemporary Art. The series will feature short film and video works made between 1921 and 2015 in which artists use experimental techniques to explore relationships between sound and image, foregrounding abstraction, movement, color, sex, and the body.

This series is programmed by Olivia Crough, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.

About today’s program:

Visual Music (1921–80)

Hans Richter
Rythmus 21 (Rhythm 21), 1921 (16mm; 2:30 min.)
Rythmus 23 (Rhythm 23), 1923 (16mm; 2:30 min.)

Viking Eggeling
Symphonie Diagonale (Diagonal Symphony), 1924 (16mm; 8:00 min.)

Oskar Fischinger
Wax Experiments, 1921–25 (16mm; 9:00 min.)
Radio Dynamics, 1942 (16mm; 4:00 min.)

Mary Ellen Bute
Tarantella, 1940 (16mm; 5:00 min.)
Mood Contrasts, 1953 (16mm; 7:00 min.)

Len Lye
Color Cry, 1952 (16mm; 3:00 min.)
Rhythm, 1957 (16mm; 1:00 min.)
Free Radicals, 1958 (16mm; 4:00 min.)
Tal Farlow, 1979/1980 (16mm; 2:00 min.)
Particles in Space, 1979 (16mm; 4:00 min.)

Jules Engel
Train Landscape, 1974 (16mm; 3:00 min.)

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

Following the screening, Tillmans galleries will be open until 8 p.m.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

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.

The Folding, Refraction, Touch exhibition is made possible by the Charles L. Kuhn Endowment Fund.