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Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon, Wanderer, 2017, digital video, color, 48 min. © Danny Lyon, Bleak Beauty.

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents Danny Lyon


Filmforum at MOCA hosts the Los Angeles premiere of two films by renowned photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, followed by a conversation with the artist via Skype. Both films, Nothing (2012) and Wanderer (2017), draw on spaces, objects, and people of the American Southwest, where Lyon lives. Nothing opens with a group viewing an annular solar eclipse. The film’s attention shifts from the ring of fire in the sky to austere observations about things past and items left behind—metal fragments, toys, and a grave. Wanderer revisits members of the Sanchez and Jaramillo families, who Lyon has filmed and photographed since the 1970s. Most notably, this film is a follow-up to Lyon’s feature film Willie (1985); we learn the fate of Willie and his community in an impoverished area where violence often lurks. A third film, Dear Mark (1981), will also be shown. Lyon filmed this beautiful portrait of sculptor Mark di Suvero decades ago while the artist was installing a work in France. The film finds new resonance today as di Suvero’s monumental steel sculpture Declaration, sited on Venice Beach since 2001, will soon be removed from public view.

Tickets available in advance.