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Jordan Belson: Films Sacred and Profane

Opening-Day Screening

Part of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Featured in the exhibition Hippie Modernism, filmmaker and painter Jordan Belson (1926–2011) explored consciousness, transcendence, and light in a visionary body of work often called “cosmic cinema.” Join CVM curator/archivist Cindy Keefer for this 70-minute program of rarely screened films, presented in association with the Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles.

Unless otherwise noted, all films are 16mm.

  • Bop Scotch, 1952, color, sound, 3 minutes
  • Mandala, 1953, color, sound, 3 minutes
  • Séance, 1959, color, sound, 3.5 minutes; sound: Pierre Schaeffer
  • Vortex V presentation reel, 1959, b/w, silent, 5 minutes
  • Allures, 1961, color, sound, 7:45 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson and Henry Jacobs
  • LSD, c.1962, color, sound, 4 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson (unreleased film)
  • Samadhi, 1967, color, sound, 5 minutes, digital; sound: Jordan Belson
  • Momentum, 1968, color, sound, 6 minutes
  • Chakra, 1972, color, sound, 6 minutes; sound: Jordan Belson
  • Music of the Spheres, 1977 original version, color, sound, 10 minutes; music: Iasos
  • Quartet, c. 1982, 10 minutes, color, silent, digital (unreleased film)

Many of the films in this program were preserved with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.


Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia is organized by the Walker Art Center, and assembled with the assistance of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Martin and Brown Foundation, the Prospect Creek Foundation, Annette and John Whaley, and Audrey and Zygi Wilf. Support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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