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An Evening with Ernie Gehr

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As part of Canyon Cinema’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Ernie Gehr, one of the leading figures of the American avant-garde, makes a rare trip to the Bay Area to present a selection of his recent digital films. For New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, his imagery is “abstract, beautiful, mysterious, invigorating, utopian.” In Picture Taking, our perspective on a Manhattan intersection is radically and beautifully altered; in Autumn, Gehr chronicles changes to his Brooklyn neighborhood. A train museum in Germany is placed in context in Transport, while A Commuter's Life (What a Life!), shot during train trips between New York and Boston, is deliriously abstract.

The Exploratorium presents a second program of films by Ernie Gehr on Thursday, July 20; more information at exploratorium.edu/arts/cinema-arts. These events are presented in conjunction with Canyon Cinema 50, a yearlong celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Canyon Cinema’s incorporation. Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

Films in this Screening

Picture Taking

Ernie Gehr, United States, 2010

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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 10 mins
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Autumn

United States, 2017

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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 30 mins
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  • Ernie Gehr

Transport

Ernie Gehr, United States, 2015

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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 21 mins
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A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!)

Ernie Gehr, United States, 2014

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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 20 mins
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