Spring 2013 series

3 Indie Animators

These artists may be indie, but they’re far from low profile! Collage artist and animator Lewis Klahr’s work was recently showcased at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and written about in Art Forum. A prolific maker, he’ll present a number of his newest short films on Thursday, March 7. Prior to his visit, his recent feature-length film, The Pettifogger, will be shown at Cornell Cinema’s Elegant Winter Party on March 2. “Meticulously culling images, textures, and fleeting details from an array of mid-century ephemera—from superhero comic books to ladies' magazine ads and from playing cards to telegrams—Klahr pieces together exhilarating and enigmatic collages imbued with hints of melancholy, romance and noir-tinged (mis)adventure.” (LACMA) Chris Sullivan’s 15-years-in-the-making Consuming Spirits opened to rave reviews at New York's Film Forum in December, and was named one of the top 20 feature films of the year by NY Times critic A.O. Scott. A monumental work utilizing cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation to convey its American Gothic saga, A.O. Scott described it as “a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it.” Art Institute of Chicago professor and animator Sullivan will be at Cornell to discuss the work. To round out the series, there’s the premiere of acclaimed Czech animator (and inspiration to the Brothers Quay) Jiří Barta’s passionately retro-looking, stop-motion, not-quite-for-kids feature, Toys in the Attic. Cosponsored with the Cornell Council on the Arts.

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