Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller is the first major monographic exhibition of the artist’s groundbreaking work in film, video, and visual art. With an immensely diverse body of creative work, Ed Emshwiller (1925-90) is perhaps one of the most significant yet under-recognized artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Emshwiller’s career spanned abstract expressionist painting, commercial illustration, film, video and computer art, and collaborations with dancers, choreographers, and composers. Dream Dance includes the preservation of two of Emshwiller’s earliest films, Dance Chromatic (1959) and Lifelines (1960), which will be screened at Lightbox along with 19 of his other films—some of which have never been publicly presented in Philadelphia—as well as notable films by other filmmakers for which he served as cinematographer. A concurrent exhibition at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery highlights Emshwiller’s visual and fine art background, including video works, early paintings, notes, sketches, ephemera, and many early science fiction cover paintings. Dream Dance is a full scale investigation of the artist’s legacy, presenting his multidisciplinary oeuvre to a new generation of audiences.
Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller is curated by Jesse Pires, Chief Curator
Dance Chromatic (1959)
This screening will include a conversation between Lightbox Chief Curator Jesse Pires, Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller, and Susan Emshwiller, followed by a post-screening opening reception.
George Dumpson’s Place (1964)
Image, Flesh and Voice (1969)
Introduced by Herb Shellenberger
The Quiet Takeover (1963)
The Streets of Greenwood (1963)
Freedom March (1963)
The Existentialist (1964)
Hallelujah the Hills (1963)
Project Apollo (1968)
Followed by a conversation between Samuel R. Delany and Ed Halter
Film Magazine of the Arts (1963)
Time of the Heathen (1961)
Woe Oh Ho No (1972)
Pilobolus and Joan (1973)
Film with Three Dancers (1970)
Introduced by Terry Fox
Choice Chance Woman Dance (1971)
Family Focus (1975)
This screening will include a conversation with Ted Gordon, Joan LaBarbara, Maria Murphy, and Morton Subotnick, followed by a post-screening closing reception.
Film screenings take place at Lightbox Film Center, located at 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Tuesday – Saturday from 12 to 8pm, online through this page, or by calling 215.895.6590. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and free for Lightbox members and IHP residents.
An extensive exhibition featuring paintings, illustrations, videos, and archival material is on view at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery located at 333 South Broad St, Philadelphia. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 12 to 5pm. The gallery can be reached at 215.717.6480 or online at uarts.edu/about/rosenwald-wolf-gallery.
Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception - FREE!
Join us at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery!
Walking Tour: The Art of Ed Emshwiller and Bill Viola
Join PAFA Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton and Lightbox Film Center Chief Curator Jesse Pires for a tour of contemporary video artist Bill Viola’s Ocean Without a Shore and Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller. Having briefly overlapped at the WNET/THIRTEEN Television Laboratory in the 1970s, both Ed Emshwiller and Bill Viola created art that merges the human figure with video technology. The tour begins in PAFA’s galleries with a look at Viola and other contemporary video artists on view and then travels down Broad Street to the Rosenwald- Wolf Gallery to explore an extensive exhibition of Emshwiller’s paintings, illustrations, videos, and archival material. Tickets are $15 or free for PAFA and Lightbox Film Center Members.
Saturdays in November
Screening Room featuring Ed Emshwiller
Screening Room was a 1970s Boston area television series that for almost ten years offered independent filmmakers a chance to show and discuss their work on a commercial (ABC-TV) affiliate station. The series was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner (Dead Birds, Forest of Bliss), who was Chairman of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard for many years. Other artists who appeared on the program include Robert Breer, Hollis Frampton, Yvonne Rainer, and Jean Rouch. This episode was originally broadcast in 1975 and will be preceded by a conversation between Peter (Stoney) Emshwiller, Susan Emshwiller, and Lightbox chief curator Jesse Pires recorded on October 19, 2019.