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Minneapolis, December 20, 2012— The Walker Art Center presents Expanding the Frame: For the Love of Film, an annual series exploring the reimagination of film in the 21st century, January 24–February 1. Amid laments about the end of celluloid, this year’s series celebrates its very materiality and temporal nature—how it lives and decays. Two artists, Bill Morrison and Luther Price, embrace the overall beauty of the medium by exploring its organic properties. While Morrison breathes life into existing films, Price stimulates the degeneration of celluloid by burying and chemically altering it. In both cases, the results are breathtaking.

Morrison, called “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers” by Variety, has built a filmography of more than 30 projects that have been presented worldwide, including two previous visits to the Walker as part of past performing arts seasons with film and live music presentations. He is known for using archival footage to reframe forgotten imagery to tell us new stories.

Price’s recent handmade 35mm slides were included in the last Whitney Biennial, and his films and performances have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Toronto International Film Festival, Light Industry, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

Morrison and Price introduce all programs of their work and are present for post-screening discussions.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are in the Walker Cinema and tickets are $9 ($7 Walker members, students, and seniors).

Expanding the Frame: For the Love of Film

January 24–February 1

Walker Cinema

An Evening with Bill Morrison: Short Films and Conversation

Thursday, January 24, 7:30 pm, Free

Known for his work with rare footage and for collaborating with many of today’s great musical composers, Morrison hosts a program of screenings that showcases his range of styles and discusses his work with the audience.

The Film of Her

Music by Bill Frisell. 1996, 35mm, 12 minutes.

The Mesmerist

Music by Bill Frisell. 2003, 35mm, 16 minutes.

The Highwater Trilogy

Soundtrack by David Lang and Michael Gordon.

2006, 35mm, 31 minutes.

Just Ancient Loops

Original musical score by Michael Harrison.

2012, video, 25 minutes.

The Miners’ Hymns

Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm

“The film is all about the mysterious world down below, how camaraderie turned to conflict, and the nagging feeling of loss.” —AV Club

The story of the ill-fated 1984 coal-mining communities in Northeast England is told entirely without words as it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of trade unions in fighting for workers’ rights, the years of increased mechanization, and the annual Miners’ Gala in Durham. Score by Jóhann Jóhannsson. 2011, video, 52 minutes.

Preceded by: Who by Water

Music by Michael Gordon. 2007, video, 18 minutes.

Decasia: The State of Decay

Saturday, January 26, 3 pm

“Bill Morrison’s Decasia is that rare thing: a movie with avantgarde and universal appeal. Its flamelike, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.” — Village Voice

Morrison’s best-known film, a mesmerizing tour de force, is as much about moving images as it is about the physical artifact of film. He transforms the decomposition of a strip of film into an assemblage of life and beauty that flows between abstraction and reality. 2002, video, 64 minutes.

Preceded by: Light Is Calling

Music by Michael Gordon. 2004, 35mm, 8 minutes.

The Great Flood

Saturday, January 26, 7:30 pm

“A glowing alternative history of the birth of Rock ’n‘ Roll.” —No Depression

As topical as ever, Morrison’s most recent film tackles the great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive in American history. Breaking out of its earthen embankments in 145 places, the river decimated 27,000 square miles of land and became a major force in spurring the great migration of rural sharecroppers to northern industrial cities. Parallel to this human exodus was the evolution of Southern delta blues into electrified rhythm and blues as well as the folkloric roots of rock and roll.

Morrison’s narrative, built with degraded images from archival nitrate films, and Bill Frisell’s stirring original score bring history to life. 2012, video, 81 minutes.

Bill Morrison: Short Works

January 2-29, Lecture Room

Screens continuously during gallery hours starting at 1 pm; Free

Bill Morrison is known for reworking fragile archival films to create new narratives. Often the images are taken at moments of extreme decay, revealing footage that would have been lost forever without his intervention.

Selections include Light Is Calling(2004, 8 minutes), Release (2010, 13 minutes), Outerborough(2005, 8 minutes), and The Creature’s Education (2010, 7 minutes). Program length 36 minutes.

An Evening with Luther Price: Films, Slides, and Conversation

Friday, February 1, 7:30 pm

“Luther Price is Brakhage after Punk.”—Light Industry

In his first appearance at the Walker, Price shares a selection of films from his Inkblot and After the Garden series as well as new slides from his Untitled #9 series, in which he resuscitates found footage with new life by painstakingly burying, burning, painting, dying, scratching, and staining to a renewed luster. He complements these works with some of his recent handmade 35mm slides, in which collaged film fragments as well as other ephemeral material—such as ants, dirt, and adhesive—are embedded between glass. Once exposed to the projector lamp, Price’s tortuous and violent alterations are transformed into stirring imagery. Running time 90 minutes. Price joins Walker associate curator Dean Otto onstage for a post-screening discussion.

Luther Price: Untitled #9

February 1 – 28, Lecture Room

Screens continuously during gallery hours starting at 1 pm; Free

In his recent work with still images, filmmaker Luther Price uses the vivid and mesmerizing techniques he has honed from his decades of deconstructing film. In this case, discarded bits of films are sliced, dyed, and inserted between glass along with dirt, tape, and other detritus. Price’s slide work was included in the recent Whitney Biennial.

Expanding the Frame is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.

Bill Morrison, Light is Calling, 2004