FASCINATING FASCISM: Propaganda Films of the 1930’s

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An evening dedicated to the fascinating and propagandistic film, performances, and parades of 1930s United States and Germany. The program features selections from American and German musical films, including favorites from the king of spectacle, Busby Berkeley and Nationalist Socialist chorus line The Hiller Girls, propaganda films by Leni Riefenstahl, footage from World’s Fair synchronized swimming display Billy Rose’s Aquacade, and European Mass Gymnastics. Influential conceptual painter, Olivier Mosset, and performance studies scholar, Yasmine Jahanmir, will cap off the night with a discussion of how geometric abstraction and athletic embodiment converge in art and culture during this politically tumultuous time.

SISTERS’ SCIENCE FICTIONS: Irene Lusztig’s The Motherhood Archives

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(Filmmaker, Irene Lusztig in person)

We are pleased to welcome the filmmaker Irene Lusztig (Santa Cruz) presenting her latest film, The Motherhood Archives. Archival montage, science fiction and homage to 1970s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film that excavates hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. Assembling her extraordinary trove, including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth material tracing the evolution of Lamaze, The Motherhood Archives inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. This extraordinary achievement illuminates our changing narratives of maternal success and failure while raising important questions about our social and historical constructions of motherhood.

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SISTERS’ SCIENCE FICTIONS:
Irene Lusztig’s The Motherhood Archives

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(Filmmaker, Irene Lusztig in person)

We are pleased to welcome the filmmaker Irene Lusztig (Santa Cruz) presenting her latest film, The Motherhood Archives. Archival montage, science fiction and homage to 1970s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film that excavates hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. Assembling her extraordinary trove, including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth material tracing the evolution of Lamaze, The Motherhood Archives inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. This extraordinary achievement illuminates our changing narratives of maternal success and failure while raising important questions about our social and historical constructions of motherhood.

 

Degenerate Video Lounge: SEX MACHINE! Matthew Barney & Luther Price

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EV’S 3rd Spring season opens with a deviant BANG, pairing two of the decadent 90’s most unsettling sexual provocateurs Matthew Barney & Luther Price. In their own distinct and deranged filmworlds, hyper/poly/queer sexuality is re-imagined in relation to fetishized MACHINES. Shot on the Isle of Man, Cremaster 4, the first film in the epic Cremaster Cycle, is Barney’s mythic motorcycle racing, adrenalized allegory featuring Barney as the dandyish tapsuited Satyr. Boston filmmaker Luther Price’s Me Gut No Dog Dog (1995), is a queer libido-driven obsessive found-footage dirge which must be seen to be believed! The film features a military training film, a 1970’s U of A student production of an action Kung-Fu film shot on the U of A Campus, circle jerks, anonymous businessmen, a motorized dildo machine, and modernist architecture! Never before screened on this dry coast, Price is one of the most brilliant underground film artists of our time.