Barbara Rosenthal: Existential Word Play: A Mini-Retrospective

Saturday, January 12 – 8:00pm

Existential Word Play: A Mini-Retrospective of 33 Photo/Performance/Text Videos in 72 Minutes

Director, Writer, Performer, Editor: Barbara Rosenthal

On-screen text and verbal gymnastics in English and other languages mingle with photographic and performance imagery in humorous, provocative video short-shorts created 1976-2012 in multiple gauges and formats. These include: “Lettering Too Big”, “Secret Of Life”, “Nancy and Sluggo”, “A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer”, “Boggle”, “Paths To Follow”, “Words Come Out Backwards”, “Quotation from Paul Gauguin, “This Is A”, “Dog Recognition”, “Postcards”, “Rules”, “Space and Time”, “World View”, “Names and Faces”, “Siddhartha”, “Black and Silent”, “Whispering Confession”, “Secret Codes”, “Push Me”, “Burp Talk”, “Daily News”, “News To Fit The Family”, “I Have a New York Accent”, “Lying Diary/Provocation Cards”, “Semaphore Poems”, “News Wall”, “Nonsense Conversation”, “Society”, “How Much Does the Monkey Remember”, “Feet Handoff”, “Pregnancy Dreams”, and “Handwriting Analysis.”

About Barbara Rosenthal:

Born and still living in New York, Barbara Rosenthal is an avant-garde artist and writer who produces idiosyncratic combinations of words, communicative sounds, gestures, and pictures. Her artist’s books are in the collections of MoMA, Whitney, Tate, and Berlin Kunstbibliotek. She has made over 100 photography, text, and performance-based video shorts which are screened most often in Berlin. In 2009 and 2010, she represented the the United States in Performance Art and Text-Based Art at Tina B: Prague Contemporary Art Festival. Although individual shorts are occasionally screened in New York (Anthology, Millenium, eMediaLoft, Local Project, Sugar Lounge, Florence Lynch Gallery, Jewish Museum), this is the first extended look since her solo month of “Diaries, Documents, and Conceptual Pieces” at The Kitchen in 1987, and an evening at DCTV in 1988 which received a full-page review in The Village Voice by Manohla Dargis. Her existential and surreal work investigates the relationship between an artist’s psyche and the outer world.

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Admission: $8/$5 Members By Contribution

Location: Millennium Film Workshop, 66 E 4th Street, Basement, New York, NY

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