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)
Life Lines (1960)
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 Delaney 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 Joan LaBarbara 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.
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