Bruce Conner "The White Rose"
presented in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
[members: $7 / non members: $10]
Presented in reference to SFMOMA’s exhibition of Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, the films in this program emanate from and embody San Fracisco’s “Beat” milieu, depicting contemporaries of the celebrated painter and the mid-century cityscape while embodying the era’s rich sense of artistic ferment and invigorated life. In addition to The White Rose, Bruce Conner’s 1967 portrait of DeFeo and her celebrated painting, the program includes Christopher Maclain’s 1958 film Beat (beautifully, precisely, wittily and terrifyingly […] evokes that era to a T”—Stan Brakhage); Wallace Berman’s Aleph (1958, “an artist’s meditation on life, death, mysticism, politics, and pop culture,” featuring the artist’s Verifax collages); Lawrence Jordan’s Tryptych in Four Parts (1958, featuring Berman, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure and John Reed); and the extremely rare 1961 film The Brink, ruth weiss’ intensely dark love myth based on her own epic poem. (Steve Polta)