2013, USA, video, color, sound, 15 min., US Premiere
part of White Walls or Warehouses, Curated by the Festival Programming Committee TRT: 83 min.
Photos pile up on a wood table as a voiceover tells the story of the blossoming of Modernism in early twentieth-century New York. Geyer’s history emphasizes the pivotal role women, especially queer women, played in cultivating modern art in the United States. Modern art as we know it was made in their salons, by artists they championed and showcased in the powerhouse institutions they fostered (such as MoMA and the Whitney). Geyer’s extremely simple visual approach gives her statement an elegance and artistry that more than compensates for the demands she places on the listener. For her history is a jumping-off point for more esoteric considerations on being and remembering:“If you are to be really and truly alive—it is necessary to be at once talking and listening, doing both things, not as if they were one thing, not as if they were two things, but doing them, well if you like, like a motor going inside and the car moving, they are part of the same thing.” (Gertrude Stein)
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