Series: Dancer in the Dark: Maya Deren on Film
Born in Kiev and raised in the US, Maya Deren was the first filmmaker to receive a Guggenheim fellowship. She is among the artists featured in LACMA’s exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States and worked primarily in 16mm film from 1943 until 1959 before her death at forty-four years of age. Tonight’s program presents all of her completed shorts as well as her unfinished collaboration with Marcel Duchamp (The Witch’s Cradle) and the recent, critically-acclaimed documentary In the Mirror of Maya Deren which features interviews with Deren’s fellow experimental filmmakers, outtakes from her work and recordings of the artist discussing her life and practice.
Programmed by Bernardo Rondeau, Assistant Curator, Film Programs.