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Neelon Crawford: Filmmaker

July 24, 2021 - Spring, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art presents Neelon Crawford: Filmmaker, an exhibition and Virtual Cinema film series introducing the multimedia artist Neelon Crawford (American, born 1946) to contemporary audiences. Crawford was a member of the New York, San Francisco, and Ohio independent filmmaking scenes from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Describing his work from this period as “experiments in the geometry of abstraction made possible by the movie camera,” Crawford made 16-millimeter films that reflected his interests in light, movement, and landscape as well as dance and early computer graphics. Installed in the Titus galleries as a timely meditation on climate crisis and sustainability, the eight newly restored films on view are Light Pleasures (1970), KMK Cane (1976), La Selva (1974), Lago Agrio Gas Burn (1977), Banana Leaves (1977), Ship Side Steel Plate Lights (1974), Passing (1974), and Paths of Fire II (1976).

Beginning June 10 through June 24, MoMA’s Virtual Cinema will premiere Neelon Crawford, Filmmaker a series including 23 recently restored Neelon Crawford films, separated into three programs:

Neelon Crawford Program 1
Program approx. 52 min.

Freakquently. 1968. 8 min.
Skyjacker. 1969. Silent. 9 min.
Prison 1. 1969. 8 min.
Rays. 1969. 9 min.
Light Pleasures. 1970. Silent. 4 min.
Saturday Club Meeting. 1971. Silent. 8 min.
Needle at Sea Bottom. 1971. 6 min.

Neelon Crawford Program 2
Program approx. 50 min.

Window Dance. 1971. Silent. 8 min.
Mobius. 1971. 18 min.
Sun Dream. 1972. Silent. 1 min.
La Selva. 1974. Silent. 11 min.
Ship Side Steel Plate Lights. 1974. Silent. 2 min.
Fire Flames. 1975. Silent. 3 min.
Paths of Fire II. 1976. Silent. 8 min.

Neelon Crawford Program 3
Program approx. 50 min.

Passing. 1976. Silent. 5 min.
Laredo Sugar Mill. 1976. Silent. 2 min.
Screen Gems. 1977. Silent. 4 min.
Untitled Bulb. 1977. Silent. 1 min.
Banana Leaves. 1977. Silent. 5 min.
KMK Cane. 1977. Silent. 4 min.
Lago Agrio Gas Burn. 1977. 4 min.
The Vincent. 1979. Silent. 10 min.
For the Spider Woman. 1980. Silent. 15 min.

Films will be accessible via MoMA’s Virtual Cinema beginning on June 10. Film descriptions can be found below.



Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film

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Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

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, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, 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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Paths of Fire II. 1976. USA. Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Banana Leaves. 1977. Ecuador/USA. Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

KMK Cane. 1977. USA. Neelon Crawford.The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Rays.1969. USA. Directed by Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fire Flames. 1975. Directed by Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Screen Gems. USA. 1977. Directed by Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Ship Side Steel Plate Lights. 1974. Directed by Neelon Crawford. The Museum of Modern Art, New York