Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UPCOMING at CCA Cinematheque
From the Archives!! 
November 27 - December 4

The CCA celebrates the vibrant world of film preservation with newly restored prints of three classic, rarely seen films in 35mm. 

Leave Her to Heaven


“Staggeringly beautiful … A

strangely heartening reminder

of just how exhilaratingly

bizarre Hollywood

moviemaking could get!”

–The Auteurs

John Stahl’s gorgeously

intense Technicolor

masterpiece stars Gene

Tierney (“the fatalest of the

femmes in this melodrama”

NY Post) as a woman

who meets and seduces

a best-selling author

on a train, setting off a

spectacular series of deadly

misadventures (including

a scene in the New Mexico

mountains). Unmissable.

(U.S., 1945, 110m, 35mm,

Criterion Pictures)

filmforum.org/fi lms/leave.html

Bigger than Life


“Revelatory! A revival not to

be miss ed!” –The New Yorker

Scott Foundas calls it

Father Knows Best

reconfigured as Greek

tragedy”: Nicholas Ray’s

unforgettable Cinemascope

masterpiece—which has for

years been nearly impossible

to see—stars a terrifying

James Mason as a man

altered by an experimental

drug … an experiment that

ends up twisting the entire

Rockwellian town where he

lives. “One of the best, most

radical, least-known American

films … A canny retelling of

the Jekyll and Hyde story.”

Village Voice.

(U.S., 1956, 95m, 35mm)

filmforum.org/fi lms/bigger.html



“An extraordinary thriller!

One of the fastest, most

exciting melodramas ever

made” –Pauline Kael

The winner of the Cannes Jury

Prize (awarded unanimously)

and the Best Foreign Film

Oscar, Costa-Gavras’

landmark counter-culture

thriller dives deep into

revolutionary street-level

politics and brutal response

by the powers-that-be. A

touchstone of subversive

cinema, Z remains as vibrant

and relevant as ever, 40 years

after its initial, worldwidesmash,

release. With

Yves Montand, Jean-Louis

Trintignant and Irene Papas.

(Algeria, 1969, 127m, 35mm)





CCA Cinematheque.1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505

505.982.1338 | www.ccasantafe.org

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm Keeping an Eye On You






I'm Keeping an Eye On You


December 4, 2009 through January 31, 2010

Opening Friday December 4, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Center for Contemporary Arts | Moving Image Lab

Curated by John Spiak

Contact: Peter Zangrillo,

Visual Arts Director


505-982-1338 x21

Through personal, established relationships, casual encounters, forced institutional interactions or contact

from a safe distance, we often overstep our boundaries. Whether we are conscious or not of our boundary

breaking, at one time or another we are all guilty of intruding into other people’s lives and space. What

may pass as uneventful for one individual may be the cause of great anxiety and fear for another. I’m

Keeping an Eye on You explores the broad and lasting effects of our curiosity and intrusions upon others.

Artists featured in I’m Keeping an Eye on You include: Mounira Al Solh (Amsterdam/Beirut); Rachel

Garfield (London); Charlotte Ginsborg (London); Pia Greschner (Berlin); Myung-Soo Kim (Tempe); Yaron

Lapid (London); Jeff Luckey (New York/Berlin); Johnna MacArthur (Los Angeles); Michael Mohan (Los

Angeles); and Corinna Schnitt (Hamburg).

Organized by John Spiak, ASU Art Museum curator, I’m Keeping an Eye on You premiered as a Video

Project Space at Aqua Art Miami in December 2008. This project is made possible by the generosity of

Aqua Art Miami and Friends of the Arizona State University Art Museum.

IMAGE CREDIT: Mounira Al Solh, The Sea Is a

Stereo, Video number 2, Paris without a Sea,

2007-2008, Digital Video, Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chris Jonas' Garden (chapter 1 "Night") with the 

Del Sol String Quartet 


World Premiere Performances / Installation Opening:
Chris Jonas’ GARDEN (chapter one “Night”) with the Del Sol String Quartet
At the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe
Presented by Littleglobe and CCA

Installation Dates:
December 11, 2009 - January 31, 2010
FREE admission

Performance Dates:
Friday, December 4: 6 and 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5: 6 and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6: 2pm matinee
Tickets $15/$10 student/member/senior/low-income

The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe and Littleglobe present GARDEN, an intermedia collaboration between Chris Jonas and Del Sol String Quartet.

GARDEN “Night” is a music-driven intermedia performance/installation that uses live music and projected video in performance to explore metaphoric and psychological realms of night. This first Garden Chapter, “Night” has been created in collaboration between Chris Jonas (projected video, composition), the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet (www.delsolquartet.com), stage director Acushla Bastible, movement artist Echo Gustafson, photographer Petr Jerabek, and a team of artists, volunteers and Littleglobe interns.

The video installation environment and linked 45 minute intermedia composition will open the first weekend of December, performed live with the audience members seated on two sides of the string quartet within the layers of video screens, mixing live music with projected video of night time landscapes and human figures.
From the second weekend of December through the end of January, Garden will take the form of an installation, with the quartet and their music projected into the installation space and the 45-minute piece on perpetual loop. GARDEN will tour with the Del Sol String Quartet though the US and abroad from 2010-2011. 

The Del Sol String Quartet, two-time national winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP First Place Award for Adventurous Programming, stands out as a group of pure invention, exploring new ways for a string quartet to interact with audiences, composers and other artists. They collaborate closely with living composers from around the world, including the Pacific Rim, by commissioning, performing and recording new works. 


“Del Sol is one of today’s most adventurous and open-minded chamber groups, playing with elegance, virtuosity, clarity, a pervasive artistry and a visceral engagement with the works they take on,” Chris Jonas said. “I am very excited about this collaboration.”

About Chris Jonas
Known locally for his many large scale musical projects written for SITE Santa Fe Biennials (Man Who Laughs, IN SITU and Malangan), Circus Luminous, the bands BING (with his partner, Molly Sturges), Rrake and Sun Spits Cherries, the Santa Fe Opera, Lensic, High Mayhem and the arts-in-community non-profit, Littleglobe, Jonas works in the junction of many artistic worlds. Working in the realms of new music and intermedia, Jonas has recorded over 30 CDs, has toured with some of today’s most adventurous ensembles and musicians and has composed, performed and conducted works all over the US, EU and world. Jonas is the recipient of this year’s United States Artist Fellowship Award for music and got the New Vision/New Mexico award in 2006 for his video work in the SF Opera commissioned piece “Memorylines”. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Anthony Buchanan Lecture Series
at CCA Santa Fe

Tuesday, December 8, 6 PM 
Sunday, December 13, 6 PM
Sunday, December 20, 6 PM 

Anthony Buchanan is a local experimental filmmaker, media artist, journalist and scholar of underground and world cinema. He has exhibited in Santa Fe as well as other towns in the midwest including Boulder, Colorado, where he was a friend of the late avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Buchanan is currently working on a book on the aesthetics and Romantic influence of Brakhage's work. In addition, Buchanan is at work on the preservation of the archive of video artists Woody and Steina Vasulka. Buchanan frequently writes for the Pasatiempo, covering film and the exhibitions by local and visiting video and media artists. 

Shamanic Cinema: The Moving Image as Mystical Medium

A Lecture Series With Anthony Buchanan in the CCA Digital Media Lab

$5 suggested donation



Tuesday, Dec 8th at 6.00pm

Weimar Cinema And The Occult

Weimar culture, seething with revolutions in the arts, theatre and decadent culture, merged their fascination with darkness, psychology and heavy occultism with their evolving cinematic language. The early German films, memorable for their deep shadows, heavy iconography and mysterious imagery, are saturated with mystical and Occultist symbolism. For many visionary filmmakers such as F. W. Murnau, his Occultist producer Albin Grau, and theatre director/filmmaker Paul Wegener, the cinema was the ultimate medium for expressing the hidden images of the psyche and a means of carrying on the tradition of secret initiation. Many classic films will be discussed, such as Nosferatu, The Golem, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  in connection with the spiritualism that brought them to light.


Sunday, December 13 at 6.00pm

The Shamanic and Kabbalistic films of Harry Smith

Harry Smith, American icon, Hermetic scholar, alchemist, filmmaker and madman, was one of the great eccentrics of the Twentieth century. His obsessions with everything from Native American cosmology to American folk music were already legendary when he began making some of the earliest abstract and hand-crafted films that sparked a revolution in underground film. But Smith’s films, ranging from subliminal color and geometric abstractions to highly symbolic alchemical and religious visions, transcend cinema and become spiritual journeys in themselves. For Smith, filmmaking was the modern equivalent of ancient alchemical practice. His films will be discussed in connection to the Kabbalistic and shamanic visions they represent, but also for the treasures of American culture they have become. Smith’s films live on as some of the most influential images and forms our culture has ever produced.


Sunday, December 20th at 6.00pm

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spiritualism and the Tarot

One of the greatest living shamans of cinema, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s quirky and eccentric films can be seen as moving Tarot images. Jodorowsky has always treaded the line between avant-garde and tradition, but his highly personal work has transgressed both these categories. Submerged in mythology, psychology and spiritual revelation, the often ridiculous and decadent imagery are a record of Jodorowsky’s spiritual quest for enlightenment throughout his life. Jodorowsky’s early pursuit of Buddhist truth and Nothingness culminated in a lifelong fascination with the Tarot and its insistence on creating personal interpretations of ancient spiritual iconography. Jodorowsky’s life and influence will be discussed alongside clips of his masterpiece of cinematic Tarot, The Holy Mountain. His faith in ancient visual depictions of spiritual states make him an indispensable mythmaker of our time.


* Although relevant clips will be shown from each piece, none of these films will be shown in their entirety. For those who wish to not have the stories spoiled, it is recommended to see the films beforehand or afterwards.

The CREMASTER cycle comes to CCA Santa Fe, Cinematheque!

Rare screenings on 35mm of Matthew Barney’s legendary five-film series

Monday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15

Cremaster Marathon: $12 for all three screenings

Screenings are regular ticket prices except for marathon.


Thursday, November 12

8p - Cremaster 1 & 2


Friday, November 13

8p - Cremaster 3


Saturday, November 14

8p  - Cremaster 4&5


Sunday, November 15

3p - Cremaster 1 & 2

5:30p - Cremaster 3

8:45p – Cremaster 4 & 5


“The first truly great piece of cinema to be made in a fine art context since Dali and Bunuel filmed UN CHIEN ANDALOU in 1929 … one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema … The Waste Land for a generation that grew up with STAR WARS … salvages what in myth, ritual and art is still accessible to the modern world.” –Guardian


Matthew Barney—who the New York Times called “the most important artist of his generation”—embarked upon the now-legendary CREMASTER cycle in 1994. In the 15 years since, its reputation has continued to grow. The films will be seen in rare 35mm screenings at the CCA Cinematheque November 12-15, including a marathon of all five works. A full schedule is below. Tickets are at normal prices except for the marathon, which is $12 for all five films.


Each of the five films, running between 40 minutes and three hours, is a gorgeous, unclassifiable work of cinematic art. Film Forum described the works as such: “an epic cycle of birth and sexual differentiation melding genres as diverse as the Busby Berkeley musical, the gothic Western, and operatic spectacle, encompassing Celtic myth, Masonic initiation rites, motorcycle races, obscure historical references, high fashion, lush music, and category-defying imagery, as it spans half the globe, from Boise to Budapest, with Barney himself popping up as a tap-dancing satyr, a naked magician, a giant, and serial killer Gary Gilmore.”


Despite its status as a major work in terms of modern art and cinema—it is a startling work in terms of technical achievement and independent moviemaking— few have seen the entire cycle on 35mm film. Thanks to the support of Barney’s production company, the Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to present the entire CREMASTER cycle as Barney intended.



“Utterly original stuff.” –John Rockwell, The New York Times

In twin hovering Goodyear blimps, a woman arranges red and green grapes into geometric patterns imitated by Isaac Mizrahi-clad dancing girls on the blue astro-turfed football field below.

(U.S., 1995, 40m, 35mm)



“A world as strangely alternate as Lewis Carroll’s … a sprawling, hallucinatory quiltwork of gorgeously shot scenes” –Steven Henry Madoff, Time

Drawing from Hollywood’s mythology of the American West, Barney tells the story of murderer Gary Gilmore (Barney) as he searches for a familial connection with

Harry Houdini (Norman Mailer) as he wanders through a glimmering-gold afterlife complete with dancing cowboys.

(U.S., 1999, 79m, 35mm)



“Endlessly fascinating . . . Barney’s most hypnotic work yet.” –New York Magazine.

Barney’s The Entered Apprentice faces off against Chrysler Building architect Hiram Abiff (played by sculptor Richard Serra) in the Art Deco landmark, while battling punk bands, Rockette-like chorines, and a half-cheetah woman (Aimée Mullins) as he scales the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum in an interlude.

(U.S., 2002, 182m, 35mm)



“A surreal, slapstick fantasy; sexuality turned into a bizarre vaudeville.” –Stephen Holden, New York Times.

Flame-haired goat-boy The Loughton Candidate (Barney) slowly taps his way through an eroding floor into the sea, as competing color-coded motorcycle teams set off in opposite directions to circle the Isle of Man.

(U.S., 1994, 42m, 35mm)



“A ravishing stretch of cinema... rich and quite, quite strange.” –David Frankel, Artforum

Ursula Andress (DR. NO) stars as the Queen of Chain, the sole audience for a lush operatic spectacle performed by the Budapest Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra within a grand 19th century opera house, accompanied by faeries, a magician (Barney on horseback), various attendants of unspecified gender and species, and a bevy of live pigeons.

(U.S., 1997, 54m, 35mm)



Three days only!! The return of America's best damn touring film festival!!

Range Life Film Festival

Sunday, November 8 - Tuesday, November 11
Films include:
RESIDENT (starring Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis) 

VISIONEERS (with Zach Galifianakis)

WOODPECKER (**** –Austin Chronicle)

IMPOLEX (winner, Melbourne Underground Film Festival)

ANYWHERE, USA (winner, Sundance Special Jury Prize)

LAST CUP (famed beer-pong doc)

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT (starring Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis)

Sun, Nov. 8 7 pm - Anywhere USA 9 pm - Last Cup Mon, Nov. 9 7 pm - Assassination of a High School President 9 pm - Visioneers Tues, Nov. 10 7:30 pm - Woodpecker 9:30 pm - Impolex

Monday, November 2, 2009

Marcellin Simard

Center for Contemporary Arts

spector ripps project space

Nov. 6th – Jan 10th

Opening Reception Friday Nov. 6th 5 - 8pm

Persistence of Vision

Persistence of Vision, a solo exhibition by Marcellin

Simard in the spector ripps project space, will

feature paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media

installation. Transcending the barriers and constraints

of daily reality, Simard conjures a hallucinatory and

vertiginous world where nightmare fades to dream,

children are warrior-saviors, and the fantastic is

animated. Simard’s work treads a fine line of magic

between peril and salvation.

Simard combines the people and situations of his

waking life with deep subconscious explorations to

create allegorical paintings. These contemporary fables

are comprised of family and friends who weave stories

alongside timeless icons: priestesses, demons, and

warriors. His sculptures are the stuff of shadow and

fantasy—a sinister black viper with gnashing teeth, a

fifteen-foot monster dipping deep below the gallery

floor, black crows that transform to white doves.

As described by CCA Director Lea Rekow: “I read

this work as the phenomenology of what’s presenting

itself in Marcellin’s life. Belief creates existence. The

inner creates the outer…That’s one of the reasons the

imagery in Marcellin’s work is so strong. His images

are the language of not his ‘real’—but of his truth.”

Marcellin Simard currently lives and works in Santa Fe,

as an artist, practicing cardiologist, and father of three

young children. Simard moved to Santa Fe from Los

Angeles, where, in addition to his careers as artist

and physician, he took courses to received an MFA.

Simard recently had a solo exhibition at Linda Durham

Contemporary Art.


Mapping A Green Future
PBS television interview that aired Friday night, Oct 30th. and continued to air on different stations through Nov 2nd. 
Lea Rekow, CCA Executive Director, interviewed on KSFR's Santa Fe Radio Cafe
Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM)


Published: October 9, 2009

One component of artist Basia Irland's contribution to the new exhibit Mapping a Green Future at the Center for Contemporary Arts consists of music for cello and a mezzo-soprano singing the names of the chemical pesticides found in the Calaveras River in California. The piece, Clandestine Calaveras, plays throughout the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. "My work [for the exhibit] includes sculptural backpack/repositories containing canteens, logbooks, maps, video documentaries, and photographs from three of my five Gathering of Water projects," said Irland, professor emeritus in the department of art and art history at The University of New Mexico, from her studio in Albuquerque. Irland, a sculptor, installation artist, poet, and book artist, is active in water issues and is one of more than a dozen artists taking part in the exhibition.

Mapping a Green Future is a multidisciplinary endeavor, the result of a collaboration between CCA, New Energy Economy, and the American Institute of Architects. It is being presented in conjunction with LAND/ART, a continuing series of New Mexico projects dealing with land-based art.

"The origin of the show came by way of a chance meeting with myself and John Fogarty, executive director of New Energy Economy," said Lea Rekow, CCA's executive director and curator of the exhibit, in a recent interview. New Energy Economy works to find business opportunities in the state by developing solutions to climate change. "This exhibition presents itself as a way of mapping a sustainable lifestyle, both at home and in industry, that is far less harmful to ourselves and the Earth. It's not a utopian concept of the future but a display of unencumbered possibilities that should not hold us back from making this a reality. Concerning how we generate energy, we're still living in archaic times with our use of coal and uranium; even 'clean' coal isn't a viable advancement. And we have no effective way of dealing with waste uranium. It all continues to be problematic."

And, indeed, coal is part of the exhibit. In an effort outside Rekow's curatorial activities, area schools and nonprofit organizations have come together to have three and a half tons of coal delivered to the show -- roughly the amount of coal used by every American each year -- which, according to Rekow, will be divvied up into shopping bags for people to carry to the state Capitol during a "March to the Roundhouse" event scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, to coincide with International Day of Action on Climate Change.

"The challenges before us -- climate change and peak oil -- will require us to quickly rethink our energy systems in America," said Fogarty. "It will be a restructuring of our entire society, and will require all segments of our society to come together to develop solutions. The arts community will play an important role in lighting the path to a future that is powered by the sun, the wind, and the land." For the exhibit, Fogarty and Rekow have put together an interactive video booth that invites people to describe how they receive their electricity, as well as how they would like that energy to be generated in the future.

Along with work by Rekow, Fogarty, and Irland, artists Claudia Borgna, Beatriz da Costa, Bill Gilbert, Catherine Harris, Eve Andrée Laramée, Jenny Marketou, Joan Myers, Jenny Polak, and Brooke Singer, as well as the team of Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), have created various pieces that call attention to environmental concerns.

"My work is rich in multimedia elements through video, audio, performance, installations, social interfaces, live broadcasts, Internet, and using ephemeral objects and material, said New York-based Marketou, recently artist in residence at CCA. "I am interested in transforming simple actions like walking, drifting, smelling, watching, and mapping into critiques about social, economic power systems of behaviors and aggression."

For this exhibition Marketou is showing a small version of a large-scale public installation called Red Eyed Sky Walkers from 2007. "It's a response to the conditions that reflect our culture, which is completely networked and controlled under the culture of surveillance and systems of information and fear," she said. The piece contains one video projector and two red weather balloons 5 to 6 feet in diameter inflated with helium, which will be tethered in the gallery. The balloons are equipped with tiny wireless surveillance cameras and digital transmitters with receivers that each day record visual information in real time. This is then projected a wall. Depending on the participation of the spectator, the work "explores how technology can be used to transform and understand our relationship to our environment, the public space and architecture that we inhabit, and the visualization of surveillance data," Marketou said.

Equally as novel as Marketou's weather balloons and Irland's work is Cloud Car by Polli and Varga. Equipped with special devices, a vehicle produces vapors that enshroud it, representing visually how our automobile-, oil-, and carbon-based culture affects air quality throughout the world. In addition, da Costa, associate professor of arts at the University of California, Irvine, plans to release a group of homing pigeons fitted with global positioning systems to monitor air pollution in Santa Fe. Borgna -- who was born in Germany, raised in Italy, and is currently based in London -- tackles the subject of recycling; she will construct an oasis of palm trees made up of plastic shopping bags.

Rekow's concerns in creating this thematic exhibit are shared by many. "The exhibition is a microcosm of other such gatherings and awareness groups elsewhere around the world," she said. Rekow has made arrangements to stream into the gallery live broadcasts of selective proceedings from the annual Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California, taking place from Friday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 18. The Bioneers is an organization of "social and scientific innovators" established in 1990 to explore how nature operates and to better serve the planet and its inhabitants through solutions "inspired by nature and human ingenuity." (For information about the conference, a schedule of events, and prices, see ccasantafe.org.)

"We have an opportunity right now to re-energize our economy by solving global warming, but we need to reach people at a visceral level in order to create the requisite political will," states Fogarty. "And I have been impressed with the Center for Contemporary Arts and the way that they are effectively blending art with social action, particularly with Mapping a Green Future, which grew from this pressing need to bring the arts to the climate movement." 


October 9 - November 21

Mapping A Green Future

Opening night photos from "Mapping A Green Future"

Catherine Harris, Water Flow: Meters

Gallery shot of Jenny Marketou, Red Eyed Sky Walkers #4 and computer installations

Bill Gilbert, Walking the Grid Series


Claudia Borgna, 
Fill My Petals, Stalk My Stem, Drain My Wings