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Currents: Re-Viewing Cineprobe, 1968-2002

October 24, 2019 – November 20, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

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Tapping into the history of Cineprobe—the landmark film program that ran at MoMA from 1968 to 2002 and prefigured our current Modern Mondays series—Currents traces the vibrant history of artist’s cinema and independent film in MoMA’s collection. Launched as a showcase for new American films in the spirited moment of 1968, and centered around the artists’ presence alongside their work, Cineprobe’s adventurous programming quickly engaged with social issues, performance, video, and alternative film production from around the world. For this series, 26 programs—including feature films and monographic and thematic groupings—pay tribute to the filmmakers who pushed the form to visual, personal, and political heights. Featuring rarities and premieres of MoMA preservations, in formats ranging from Super8 to 35mm, Currents looks back at an essential exhibition history and its unique impact on generations of moving-image artists and audiences.

Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.



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Serene Velocity. 1970. USA. Directed by Ernie Gehr. Courtesy the artist

Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son. 1971. USA. Directed by Ken Jacobs. Courtesy the artist

The Slow Business of Going. 2000. Greece/USA. Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. Courtesy Haos Film

8 ½ x 11. 1974. USA. Directed by James Benning. Courtesy the artist

Articulated Image. 1996. Australia. Directed by Arthur Cantrill, Corinne Cantrill. Courtesy the artists

Image, Flesh and Voice. 1970. USA. Directed by Ed Emshwiller. Courtesy Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia

The Camera: Je, La Camera: I. 1977. USA/France. Directed by Babette Mangolte. © Babette Mangolte

Electronic Moon No. 2. 1966-1972/1992. Directed by Jud Yalkut, Nam June Paik. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix

Apologies. 1983-90. USA. Directed by Anne Charlotte Robertson. Courtesy Harvard Film Archive