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Oh, the Humanity! The Films of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix

March 30, 2022 – April 19, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

For more than 40 years, Larry Fessenden has not only reinvented and reinvigorated the horror and fantasy genre through his contemporary re-imaginings of mythic archetypes—the chimera, the vampire and the ​Leviathan, the Wendigo and the Modern Prometheus—he has also, as the founder in 1985 of the scrappy and resolutely independent New York production company Glass Eye Pix, nurtured the early careers of a diverse array of talents including Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass and Wendy and Lucy), Ti West (House of the Devil and The Innkeepers), Rick Alverson (The Comedy), Graham Reznick (I Can See You), Jim Mickle (Stake Land), Ilya Chaiken (Liberty Kid)​, and James Felix McKenney​ (Automatons and Satan Hates You)​​. Celebrating his extraordinary career as a writer, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, and songwriter, this major retrospective of Larry Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix presents more than 20 feature films screened in MoMA’s theaters as well as an additional selection of features and shorts streaming on our virtual cinema platform (available to MoMA members across the US). Perhaps the true terror—and the liberating promise—of Fessenden’s work, which includes Habit (1997), No Telling (1991), Wendigo (2000), The Last Winter (2007), and Depraved (2019), is the extent to which the world today, our so-called Anthropocene epoch, has come to mirror his own uncanny visions of existential crisis: of ecological collapse and worldwide plague, historical trauma and amnesia, the dehumaniz​ing effects​ of technology and a profound alienation from the animal world and ourselves through a failure of the empathic imagination.

 

 

 

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Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.

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Habit. 1995. USA. Directed by Larry Fessenden. Image courtesy Glass Eye Pix.

Depraved. 2019. USA. Directed By Larry Fessenden. Image courtesy Glass Eye Pix.