WALKER ART CENTER
International Pop Cinema
April 11 – August 29, 2015
This collection of films—which includes works rarely considered alongside one another—lends another perspective to the exhibition International Pop by examining cinema as an extension of Pop practice around the world.
During the same era that Pop rose to prominence in the art world, cinema too saw an explosion of forms and practices, from the postwar international “new waves” to the spread of documentary and underground film. A number of artists aligned with Pop, including Andy Warhol (US), Derek Boshier (UK), and Yokoo Tadanori (Japan), took up cameras to explore themes found in their painting and graphic works; filmmakers like Peter Whitehead and Ken Russell (both UK) responded to the Pop moment by documenting its artists, artworks, and events; and directors such as Ōshima Nagisa (Japan), Jean-Luc Godard (France) and Santiago Álvarez (Cuba) used cinema to reflect back upon the nature of mass media and consumer images.
The curator of International Pop Cinema is Ed Halter of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York.