Screening of Méliès by Hubbard / Birchler
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
In conjunction with the Part Two: Department of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition, Professor Teresa Hubbard will present the single-screen version of a recent video work, Méliès, created in collaboration with Alexander Birchler. The video is the second installment in their trilogy exploring the social and physical sites of cinema. Méliès investigates the residue of cinema and social terrain around the site of a mountain in the Chihuahua Desert in West Texas named Movie Mountain. According to local residents, the mountain is named such because a silent film was shot there in the early 1900s. Searching for the origin of the mountain's name, Hubbard/Birchler embarked on a journey traversing the landscape of early silent-era film production. Join the VAC for this special screening and a post-film discussion with Teresa Hubbard.
The Alturas Foundation supported the creation of Méliès as part of its Artist-In-Residence program. Special thanks to Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York for screening permission.
Teresa Hubbard (born 1965 in Dublin, Ireland) and Alexander Birchler (born 1962 in Baden, Switzerland) have worked collaboratively in video, photography, and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive and open-ended reflections on memory, place, and film. Numerous museum collections hold Hubbard / Birchler's work, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian, Washington D. C.; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; Modern Art Museum Fort Worth; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany.