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​ Ja'Tovia M. Gary, An Ecstatic Experience

​ Ja'Tovia M. Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, Digital video, black and white and color, sound, 2015, courtesy the artist

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents: Claiming Space: Collage in Cinema


In person: Lewis Klahr and Barbara McCullough

The central work in the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? sees Thomas’s recurrent strategies of collage, fragmentation, and multiplicity transferred to the domain of video, where montage provides the means to embody conflict. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, this program features experimental films and videos—including the West Coast Premiere of Ephraim Asili’s Kindah as well as films by Santiago Alvarez, Julie Dash, Ja’Tovia M. Gary, Jean-Luc Godard, Lewis Klahr, Barbara McCullough, and Betye Saar—that use collage and montage as a way to claim space, create consciousness, or embody filmic erotics.

Santiago Alvarez, Now!, 1965 
Betye Saar, Colored Spade, 1971
Julie Dash, Four Women, 1975
Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, 1979
Lewis Klahr, Downs are Feminine, 1994
Jean-Luc Godard, De l'origine du XXIe siècle (Origins of the 21st Century), 2000
Ja’Tovia M. Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015
Ephraim Asili, Kindah, 2016, West Coast Premiere

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