Upcoming Events

October 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KOYAANISQATSI

MFA presents Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio.

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a renowned documentary that reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Directed by Godfrey Reggio and featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces set to a score by Philip Glass, the film ultimately gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating: “it’s not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It’s because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.” Koyaanisqatsi is the first in the Qatsi trilogy. 

Run time: 85 minutes

Godfrey Reggio (b. 1940) is an American director of experimental documentary films. Most well-known for his Qatsi trilogy, Reggio’s films explore the negative impacts of consumerism and fundamentalism on the world. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Reggio spent fourteen years in fasting, silence, and prayer, training to be a Roman Catholic monk. Reggio has been involved in many progressive political causes in the United States, including work for the American Civil Liberties Union, co-organizing a multimedia public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Koyaanisqatsi is presented in conjunction with MFA’s fall exhibition No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

General admission $7; Seniors (65 & older) and children (18 & under) free

Tickets available at: mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com

Image: Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio (1982). Film still (detail). Image courtesy of Park Circus/Institute for Regional Education.

 

January 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

STALKER

MFA presents a vivid new digital restoration of Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere, qualities that are on immaculate display in this stunning new restoration of the film. Stalker is at once a religious allegory, a reflection of contemporary political and environmental anxieties, and a meditation on film itself. Presented in the context of MFA’s No Time exhibition and the climate-related disasters intensifying in our region, Tarkovsky’s classic reveals itself to be what The New Republic has identified as “the film we need now”.

Run time: 163 minutes. Russian, with English subtitles.

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was a Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist, and theater and opera director. Tarkovsky’s films include Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979), among others. He directed the first five of his seven feature films in the Soviet Union; his last two films, Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986), were produced in Italy and Sweden, respectively. His work is characterized by long takes, unconventional dramatic structure, distinctly authored use of cinematography, and spiritual and metaphysical themes.

Stalker is presented in conjunction with MFA’s fall exhibition, No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

General admission $7; Seniors (65 & older) and children (18 & under) free

Tickets available at: mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com

Image: Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1979). Film still (detail). Alexander Kaidanovsky as the Stalker, Anatoli Solonitsyn as the Writer, Nikolai Grinko as the Professor. Image courtesy of Janus Films.

 

January 19, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet the Curators: Sam Sharkey and Kathleen Maguire on Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints

Join Exploratorium Cinema Arts curators Kathleen Maguire and Samuel Sharkey who will lead Q&A sessions and engage visitors in informal conversations about their selections for Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints over the course of the Screening Room program’s last afternoon on view at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts.

Presented in two alternating cycles, each beginning at the top of the hour, Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints investigates the act of seeing as a primary way of knowing, ranging from the biological and temporal characteristics of vision to cinema’s ability to transcend these experiences. Like the photographs and sculptures on view in No Time, these film and video works induce the viewer to travel beyond the vistas represented and explore the many facets of human relationships to the natural world.

Featuring works by Jeroen Cluckers, Daniel Crooks, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Tanja Geis, Jan Van Ijken, and Jane Veeder among others, Maguire and Sharkey provoke questions of technological advancement and scale with implications for both the creation of moving-image art and the unalterable change of natural landscapes.

Admission is free. Register at mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com.

Kathleen Maguire is a media arts programmer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Her work includes designing screenings for intergenerational audiences, working closely with artists to craft media-based performances, and curating media works for the Museum galleries. Recent projects include Light Play: Mechanical Entry Points, a multi-year engagement highlighting artists who explore light art through mechanical technologies and Field of View: Mapping Emerging Technologies, a series of temporal engagements examining cutting-edge use of immersive technologies in science and the arts. She was previously a part of the temporal programming group at the American Museum of Natural History and is a graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.

Samuel Sharkey is a Bay Area film exhibitor and event producer focused on audience experience through interactive performance and direct engagement. He graduated with a BA in media studies from the University of San Francisco and expanded his interest in performing arts through celebrating cult cinema with Peaches Christ Productions (2004 – 2018) and honing visitor engagement while co-operating the Red Vic Movie House (2008 – 2012). He has worked as a part of Cinema Arts at the Exploratorium since 2008, gaining a deep appreciation for experimental film forms and site-based screenings. He curates short film programs, outdoor screenings, and expanded cinema performances.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Exploratorium Cinema Arts Program and in conjunction with MFA’s Fall exhibition No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future. No Time is on view through Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Image: Video still from Where the City Can’t See, 2017, Liam Young