Legacy of Stan Brakhage at Bard

Friday, October 27, 2017   –   2pm   –   Ottaway Theater

Film & Electronic Arts presents a screening and conversation between

Professor Robert Kelly


P. Adams Sitney


“The Legacy of Stan Brakhage at Bard”

Preceded by a screening of two films by Stan Brakhage:

Dog Star Man, Part II (1963, 16mm, color, silent, 5.5 mins)

Mothlight (1963, 16mm, color, silent, 4 mins)

This event marks the occasion of a new edition of Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision, published in 2017 by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry and edited by P. Adams Sitney.

Organized and moderated by Ed Halter, Critic in Residence, Film and Electronic Arts program

Robert Kelly,  Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature at Bard College

Professor Kelly founded the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts writing program in 1980, and directed it for a dozen years. He has received numerous grants and awards, including recognition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Los Angeles Times Prize for Poetry, and an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oneonta. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry (including Red Actions, a selection of poems from 1960–93), several novels, and five collections of shorter fiction. His most recent books are May Day (poems), Fire Exit (long poem), The Book from the Sky (novel), The Logic of the World and Other Fictions (stories), and Uncertainties. He is at work on a new collection of shorter poems and a book of essays, manifestos, and reviews.

P. Adams Sitney, Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts, Princeton University

P. Adams Sitney is a preeminent film theorist and historian of European and American avant-garde film. Known for his early intellectual and critical support of the New American Cinema movement, he wrote Visionary Film (Oxford, 1974), widely regarded as the first major history of postwar American avant-garde filmmaking. The author of Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson (Oxford, 2009), Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics (University of Texas, 1995), and Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature (Columbia, 1992), he has also edited several essay collections on filmography. Sitney was an important figure in the early years of New York University’s doctoral program in Cinema Studies, which was established in 1970. He was a founder of New York’s Anthology Film Archives and has served as a member of its Essential Cinema film selection committee. In addition to teaching at Princeton, Adams has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, Cooper Union, and New York University.

Friday, October 27


Ottaway Theater in the Avery Arts Center

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