The Films of Maya Deren: Experimental Films 1943–1959
Galka Scheyer and Maya Deren, photograph by Alexander Hammid, © Estate of Alexander Hammid
- 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
Maya Deren was a leading exponent of experimental cinema and is considered one of its most influential artists. Her films are masterpieces of their era and provide an important insight into the history of the avant-garde.
Join us for a special program of back-to-back screenings of her short films:
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, 14 minutes)
Directed and Photographed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. Sound by Teiji Ito.
At Land (1944, 14 minutes, Silent)
Directed by Maya Deren. Technical assistance: Hella Heyman, Alexander Hammid.
A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945, 3 minutes, Silent)
Directed by Maya Deren, with Talley Beatty.
Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946, 15 minutes, Silent)
Directed by Maya Deren. Photographed by Hella Heyman.
Meditation on Violence (1948, 13 minutes)
Directed by Maya Deren
The Very Eye of the Night (1959, 15 minutes)
Directed by Maya Deren
- Free with admission
Family & Youth:
Klee found great delight in children's art and play; he would even create many hand puppets for his son Felix and perform shows in a puppet theater of his design. Thinking of Idol for House Cats as a starting point, construct a cloth hand puppet and perform it in a Klee-inspired puppet theater. MORE INFO
Tours & Talks:
Three of the Blue Four artists were accomplished musicians who made no secret of the influence of music upon their work. Discover their theories on the parallels between music and painting, and explore the impact of these ideas on their work, on display in the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California. MORE INFO
In early 20th-century San Francisco, the introduction and assimilation of European modernist art sparked widespread excitement and controversy. When Galka Scheyer arrived in 1925, she was immediately embraced by San Francisco’s fledgling avant-garde. Through her energetic lecture circuit and her position as European representative of the Oakland Art Gallery, she also introduced German Expressionism, Dadaism and Constructivism, virtually unknown in California. Landauer explores the pioneering efforts of Galka Scheyer to educate the city’s wary public and largely conservative art community about the Blue Four. MORE INFO