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Black and White Film Series

On Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 pm, the Addison will present "Culture of Light": Early Twentieth-Century Art Film," the final screening of our Black and White Film Series.

In his influential 1927 publication Malerei, Fotografie, Film (Painting, Photography, Film), Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy asserted that photography and cinema had heralded a "culture of light" that had overtaken the most innovative aspects of painting.

The screening will feature:

Man Ray, Le Retour à la Raison (The Return to Reason), 1923
Viking Eggeling, Symphonie Diagonale, 1924
Marcel Duchamp, Anémic Cinéma, 1926
Hans Richter, Ghosts Before Breakfast, 1927
Man Ray, L'Étoile de Mer (The Starfish), 1928
Man Ray, Les Mystères du Château du Dé (The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice), 1929
László Moholy-Nagy, Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau (Light Play Black-White-Gray), 1930

Each of the short films has been selected based on its formal relationships and conceptual connections to the current exhibition Light/Dark, White/Black (on view through July 31) and will be prefaced with background information about the filmmaker's artistic practice and aesthetic concerns.

This screening will be held in the Museum Learning Center and is free and open to the public.

Image: Viking Eggeling, Symphonie Diagonale (film still), 1924