Point Counterpoint: Avant-Garde Film Scores, 1955–1973

As part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival The ’60s: The Years that Changed America, The Museum of Modern Art presents a film series celebrating the use of avant-garde and modern classical music in international cinema between 1955 and 1973. A follow-up to MoMA’s 2008 exhibition Jazz Score, the series features the film work of Pierre Boulez, Daphne Oram, Yoko Ono, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Tôru Takemitsu, Edgard Varèse, and other revolutionary composers of the 20th century. Avant-Garde Film Scoresculminates on March 19 with a special Modern Mondays evening with the artist Morgan Fisher, who premieres his latest film, Another Movie (2018), in dialogue with Bruce Conner’s A Movie (1958) and with Ottorino Respighi’s 1924 orchestral tone poem Pines of Rome, the music used in the scores of both.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, and Maddi Lopez de Arkaute, Intern, Department of Film. Special thanks to Olivia Priedite.