Morgan Fisher Film Screening
Perhaps over the last month you’ve wandered into the Aspen Art Museum and found yourself in the world of Morgan Fisher.
The Los Angeles-based artist’s ongoing exhibit at the museum, “Conversations,” includes his paintings and his intriguing block structures, modeled after the surveillance room in the under-construction new downtown museum. If his clever idea of taking something from behind the scenes of the museum and putting it center-stage tickled your creative fancy, then make your way to the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for a rare big-screen exhibition of Fisher’s experimental films.
The evening includes five of his short movies, as recent as 2003’s “()” and dating back to 1971’s “Production Footage.” He’s been hailed as an influential figure in experimental cinema since the late 1960s.
Like the surveillance room art exhibit, they’re self-aware constructions focusing on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking.
“Few filmmakers have so presciently explored — and expanded — critical debates central to Modernist art and its reception and also revolving around the relationship between art and industry, and between theory and practice,” reads the program from a 2011 Harvard Film Archive retrospective on Fisher.
“The Films of Morgan Fisher” is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House.
“Also…Abstracts” Opening in Basalt
The art of the American West isn’t all cowboys and mountain tops.
For a closer look at some of the abstract contemporary artists working in the region, head downvalley to the Ann Korologos Gallery this week for the opening of “Also…Abstracts.”
Korologos, best known as President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Labor and a former chair of the Aspen Institute, is highlighting artists with abstracted work ranging ceramics to painting, and from sculpture to photography in her Basalt gallery. Artists featured in the exhibit include Michael Kessler, Lloyd Schermer, Kathryn Rabinow, Sandra Lee Kaplan, Michael Wisner, Dan Namingha and Ann White.
“Abstract art that catches the viewer’s eye often transmits direct or implied symbolism,” says gallery director Julia Novy. “Whether the work is an interpretation of forms and shapes found in nature, or the timeless graphic abstraction of antique block type, the viewer, intentionally or not, assigns meaning and context to the piece. Abstraction pushes the limits of the medium and invites us to see deeper than first glance into the subject matter.”
The opening reception is Wednesday Jan. 23 from 5 - 7 p.m. “Also…Abstracts!” will remain on view through Feb. 20. For more information, call 970-927-9668 or visit www.korologosgallery.com