Present inspiring contemporary art in Portland, OR

Mar 26, 2013

Andersen & Fisher, an Exhibition

For the last fifty years, Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher have been friends and filmmakers. They met as students in 1964 in the film department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. They made films that spoke with equal assurances about Hollywood and avant-garde histories, but acquiesced to the terms of neither. 

YU's next exhibition, a survey of Andersen's and Fisher's films from 1964 to 2013 is more than a display of reciprocal advocacy. It is not a victory lap for two old friends. It is a chance, at bottom, to see the ways in which their work is different and the ways in which it chimes, and directs our attention to film itself, its plumbing, contrivances, history, and possible political consequences. The survey will take place at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212) over several weekends. Andersen and Fisher will be in Portland on the opening weekend, March 30 and 31, to discuss their working relationship and introduce a new state of Screening Room, (1968/2013). Please join us for this retrospective of films co-curated with Lucas Quigley. 

(all films 16mm)

Screening Room
MF, 1968–, variable length

TA, 1964–65, 6 min. 

Olivia’s Place
TA, 1966/74, 6 min.

— —– 
TA, 1966–67, 12 min. 

( )
MF, 2003, 21 min.


Production Stills 
MF, 1970, 11 min. (16mm)

Cue Rolls
MF, 1974, 5.5 min. (16mm)

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
TA, 1975, 59 min. (35mm)


Protective Coloration 
MF, 1979, video, 13 min. (3/4″ video transferred to DVD)

Standard Gauge 
MF, 1984, 35 min. (16mm)


Los Angeles Plays Itself 
TA, 2003, video, 169 min. (DVCAM)

(all films 16mm)

Projection Instructions 
MF 1976, 4 min.

Picture and Sound Rushes 
MF, 1973, 11 min.

Production Footage
MF, 1971, 10 min.

The Wilkinson Household
Fire Alarm 

MF, 1973, 1.5 min.

The Director and His Actor
Look at Footage Showing Preparations
for an Unmade Film (2)

MF, 1968, 15 min.

Documentary Footage 
MF, 1968, 11 min.

Phi Phenomenon
MF, 1968, 11 min.


Turning Over 
MF, 1975, 13 min. (1/2″ video transferred to DVD)

Get Out of the Car 
TA, 2010, 34 min. (16mm)


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Jenny Martin

Portland, Oregon United States

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