“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016” at the Whitney Museum

Dreamlands: Film & Video Screenings


Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

An optical immersion in color and light by artists engaging in the material, sensory and optical qualities of film, painting directly onto celluloid, layering images, and multiple exposures, covering film leader in liquids, scratching, stomping, drawing on and chemically altering the film’s surface, and shifting back and forth between the real world and its vibrant kaleidoscopic abstraction.

Leslie Thornton (b. 1951), Luna, 2013
Marie Menken (1909–1970), Lights, 1966
Jeanne Liotta (b. 1960), Loretta, 2003
Jennifer West (b. 1939), Jam Licking & Sledgehammered Film (70MM Film Leader Covered in Strawberry Jam, Grape Jelly and Orange Marmalade—licked and sledgehammered by Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Mariah Csepanyi, Bill Parks, Alex Johns, Karen Liebowitz, Roxana Eslamieh, Chaney Trotter & Jwest—a filmic restaging of moments from Allan Kaprow’s ‘Household’), 2008
Jennifer West (b. 1939), Idyllwild Campfire Smell Film (16mm film neg lit by the campfire and treated with bug spray, white gas, gin, sweat, smoke, pitch, marshmallow, beer, wine, pit toilet, dirt, sap, tent & sleeping bag—featuring marshmallow roasting by a bunch of friends), 2008
Jennifer West (b. 1939), Nirvana Alchemy Film (16mm black & white film soaked in lithium mineral hot springs, pennyroyal tea, doused in mud, sopped in bleach, cherry antacid and laxatives—jumping by Finn West & Jwest), 2007
Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, Sans Titre, 2001
Janis Crystal Lipzin (b. 1945), De Luce 2: Architectura, 2013
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), Nightmusic, 1986
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), Dante Quartet, 1987
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981
Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), Chinese Series, 2003
Raha Raissnia (b. 1968), Free Way (Part II), 2005–2008


Margaret Honda (b. 1961), Color Correction, 2015

Tickets are required ($12 adults, students, and seniors; free for members). Doors open thirty minutes before the program begins. Ticket holders are guaranteed admission until the start of the program, at which time any unclaimed seats will be released.