An extraordinary black-and-white film shot in Paris in 1968, ROUE DE CENDRES / WHEEL OFASHES is a film that haunts you long after you have left the cinema. Peter Emmanuel Goldman is really a forgotten American genius. — HenriSera, Theiapolis Cinema
Pierre Clémenti is sensational. He’s not acting: he’s living his part. Diaphanous, plagued by an inner fire, his cheeks hollow, he is in close communion with the filmmaker and his quest. Just as in ECHOES OF SILENCE, Goldman’s vision brings us beyond the image into a world of palpitations and callings. —Jean-Louis Bory, 1971, Le Nouvel Observateur
Morris Engel’s unreleased film I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA—which he started filming in 1968—will screen this week at MOMA, followed by a conversation with Anne Morra, Mary Engel—director of Orkin/Engel Filmand Photo Archive—and Jake Perlin, artistic and programming director at the Metrograph.
Inspired by day-glo psychedelia, societal upheaval, and sexual liberation, Engel crafts the story of Lilly, a naïve, lonely young Californian who finds herself in New York City. Lilly embraces the flower child movement, right down to the bare feet and a ring of daisies in her blond hair. But the city, and Lilly’s circle of acquaintances, are not as compassionate as she hoped they would be. I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA is a complex, sometimes raw portrait of the era, with Lilly as a fragile voyager in Greenwich Village’s tempestuous counter culture scene. While Engel’s prior feature films explored idyllic, nostalgic moments shared by children, I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA marks his mature aesthetic engagement with the unsettled social and political landscape of American in the late 1960s.*
John Akomfrah—whose three-chanel video installation about Stuart Hall, The UnfinishedConversation, created a sensation at MOMA in 2017—presents PURPLE, a new six-channel work on climate change.
“Symphonic in scale and divided into five interwoven movements, the film features various disappearing ecological landscapes, from the hinterlands of Alaska and the desolate environments of Greenland to the Tahitian Peninsula and the volcanic Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific…
“PURPLE conveys the complex and fragile interrelation of human and non-human life with a sense of poetic gravity that registers the vulnerability of living in precarious environments.”*
The paintings of Ben Shahn, Antonio Berni, Raquel Forner, Honoré Sharrer, and PavelTchelitchew, the photography of WalkerEvans and GeorgePlattLynes, the sculpture of ElieNadelman and GastonLachaise, the ballet costumes of Kurt Seligmann, Paul Cadmus, and JaredFrench, the music of VirgilThomson, and the philosophy of GeorgeGurdjieff …
… all come together in LINCOLNKIRSTEIN’SMODERN, the Museum of Modern Art exhibition devoted to the writer, critic, curator, patron, and impresario who set the aesthetic template for MOMA and brought GeorgeBalanchine to America to establish the New York City Ballet.