• Sara Kathryn Arledge glass slide transparency

Sara Kathryn Arledge’s Films and Art

Available March 5–March 21
Sunday, March 14, 5 PM PST: Livestream illustrated presentation by Irene Georgia Tsatsos and reading by Kerry Laitala

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Livestream Presentation and Reading
Irene Georgia Tsatsos and Kerry Laitala
Sunday, March 14, 5 PM PST

Watch a live illustrated presentation on the book Serene for the Moment: Sara Kathryn Arledge by its editor, Irene Georgia Tsatsos, Director of Exhibition Programs/Chief Curator at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Filmmaker Kerry Laitala will read from Arledge's memoir "Madness in Memory," included in Serene for the Moment, and part of the Arledge paper collection housed at BAMPFA's Film Library and Study Center. Access is included with the rental of the streaming program; you will receive an access link via email before the event.

To mark the publication of the first book on the painter and experimental filmmaker Sara Kathryn Arledge (1911–1998), Serene for the Moment: Sara Kathryn Arledge, we present a selection of digital copies of hand-painted glass transparencies she made while teaching at California College of Arts and Crafts. Curator Terry Cannon described them as “akin to viewing a shimmering stained-glass window.” As they were difficult to present in public venues, Arledge also documented them in several of her films, including Interior Garden II. Her first film, Introspection, an early dance film, was shown in San Francisco’s Art in Cinema series in 1947. The Armory exhibition from which the book arose described Arledge as “an under-recognized painter and innovator of mid-20th century experimental cinema” and “a prolific artist who emphasized the eerie in the mundane and the disorienting in the beautiful. Arledge worked at the margins of art history, shaping her practice with idiosyncratic personal myth.” Presented in memory of Terry Cannon (1953–2020), who arranged for Arledge’s paper, glass transparency, and film collection to come to BAMPFA. The Film Library and Study Center recently received a grant from California Revealed to digitize the paper collection.

Films in this Screening

A selection of glass slide transparencies

Sara Kathryn Arledge, United States, 1947–50

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  • Digital streaming
  • Silent
  • 10 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Recorded biographical presentation on Arledge by Terry Cannon

United States, 2018

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  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 10 mins
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  • BAMPFA
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  • Recorded June 30, 2018 at BAMPFA

Interior Garden II

Sara Kathryn Arledge, United States, 1978

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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 8 mins
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  • BAMPFA

Introspection

Sara Kathryn Arledge, United States, 1941–47

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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 7 mins
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  • BAMPFA

What Is a Man?

Sara Kathryn Arledge, United States, 1958

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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 10 mins
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  • BAMPFA