Exhibition Film "Installation - Phil Solomon: American Falls"
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 ( repeats every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 11/25/2012 )
(Note: this show started on September 15, 2012)
In the Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Part of the exhibition Film After Film
Phil Solomon will appear in person at the Museum on October 3 with a program of short films and digital works
Phil Solomons immersive triptych film installation American Falls (20002012, 55 mins.), which was originally commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., transforms the Museums 4,000-sq. ft. third floor gallery into a panoramic and artistic journey through the catacylsms of American history, and an elegy to the film medium that welcomes a new era of mixed medias. Combining chemically degraded film images with computer editing precision, Solomons piece recasts the Niagara Falls as both a metaphoric landscape and audiovisual backdrop to American history.
Archival footage of moments in the nations historythe fall of presidents, the Great Depression, Amelia Earharts flight, the civil rights struggle among themopens with crackling images of Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. These are interlaced with clips from American cinema, including scenes with Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Busby Berkeley dance numbers, and Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood, all accompanied by an intricate soundtrack of historical addresss, popular music, and sound effects (designed and mixed in 5.1 surround by Wrick Wolff).
"A masterwork no one should miss this." Tom Gunning
Installation viewing is free with museum admission.
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