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The Cinematic Impulse

From the Collection

June 29 – September 08, 2013
Installation view of The Cinematic Impulse. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Cinema and Society

Isaac Julien, Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux)(still) from the suite Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, 2003. Video (color, sound); 4:38 minute loop. Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase. ©Isaac Julien. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.
Isaac Julien, Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux)(still) from the suite Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, 2003. Video (color, sound); 4:38 minute loop. Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase. ©Isaac Julien. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

Drawing from the Nasher Museum’s collection of contemporary art, The Cinematic Impulse explored the intricate relationships between cinema, visual art and culture. Cinema, in the sense of a moving image, came about in the late 1800s, and its evolution has had a lasting impact on contemporary society. Its stories and images are sharply etched into our imaginations and act as windows into the shifting ideals, fantasies and preoccupations of society. The artists represented in this installation use a variety of strategies to visually examine the effects of Hollywood, from photography and video art to film itself. Their approaches reveal and examine the power of cinema, its origins and histories, audio-visual relationships, film narratives whether implied or direct, editing processes and character studies.

Cinema is Everywhere

Eve Sussman, The Wolf in Tempelhof from the film The Rape of the Sabine Women, 2005. Chromogenic print, 39 1/2 x 49 inches (100.3 x 124.5 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase. ©Eve Sussman and The Rufus Corporation. Photo by Benedikt Partenheimer.
Eve Sussman, The Wolf in Tempelhof from the film The Rape of the Sabine Women, 2005. Chromogenic print, 39 1/2 x 49 inches (100.3 x 124.5 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase. ©Eve Sussman and The Rufus Corporation. Photo by Benedikt Partenheimer.

As predicted by legendary French New Wave filmmaker of the 1960s Jean-Luc Godard, cinema is everywhere—it is no longer confined to the dark chambers of a theater. Cinema is streaming through our flatscreen TVs in the comforts of our own homes and readily available on our mobile devices as we travel from place to place. The speed with which moving images are being distributed and received is more accelerated than ever before and has become central to our understanding of the art and culture of today. The artists featured in The Cinematic Impulse are a direct example of this exchange between the moving and still image. Their works break apart and re-arrange the origins of cinema into new experiences, practices and moments of self-reflection.

This exhibition was curated by Reneé M. Cagnina Haynes, Exhibitions and Publications Manager.

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