Melwood Screening Room
Seeing with Experimental Eyes: Stan Brakhage’s Pittsburgh Trilogy plus Gnir Rednow + Mothlight
Screening followed by a roundtable with art curators, filmmakers, and writers who were present for the film’s making and reception in Pittsburgh.
Bill Judson, former curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art Film and Video Department. Victor Grauer filmmaker, ethnomusicologist, and author of “Brakhage and the Theory of Montage.” Charles Glassmire, filmmaker, teacher, and publisher of the influential Pittsburgh-based journal, Film Feedback, and moderator Ben Ogrodnik.
In September of 1970, the prolific artist and filmmaker Stan Brakhage visited the city of Pittsburgh at the request of Sally Dixon, curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s once lustrous Film and Video Department. During the visit, Brakhage generated hundreds of hours of observational footage, leading to a trio of documentary films that are now
considered to be his masterworks. Each film in The Pittsburgh Trilogy surveys a major institution of the Steel City-- the police force in the Hill District (eyes, 1971), open-heart surgery in Mercy Hospital (Deus Ex, 1971), and the autopsy room in the Allegheny County morgue (The Act of Seeing with one’s own eyes, 1971).