A Fischinger Celebration
Benefit Art Exhibition and Reception
A Benefit for Fischinger Preservation and Digitization
On the Occasion of Elfriede Fischinger's 100th Birthday
Hosted by Center for Visual Music in association with
The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and The Fischinger Trust
Tickets will be on sale at the door Thursday 6pm; cash or checks only please.
Parking in the building's lot will be validated.
Koda/Triple Study, 1942 oil painting
Join us for a celebration of the life of Elfriede (1910-1999), widow of the avant-garde filmmaker and painter Oskar Fischinger. The evening features an Exhibition of selected photographs, artifacts and Paintings by Oskar Fischinger, a Wine Reception, and a Screening of Home Movies and Videos of Elfriede. Highlights include Oskar’s first Stereo Painting (1949), The Lumigraph film (1970) made by Elfriede, and unshot animation drawings by Oskar. Proceeds from the evening, which includes a silent auction, will benefit the Fischinger preservation, conservation and digitization work being done by Center for Visual Music, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit Los Angeles archive.
Please consider making an additional donation with your ticket purchase, towards the preservation and digitization of the Fischinger films, and the conservation of the papers and animation drawings. Many more of Oskar's films need preservation work; most still need to be digitized and transferred to HD.
Thanks to Karen Huff, Eva Mason and Scott Snibbe for their financial support of this Event. For additional donations to the Event and the Fischinger Preservation Project, we thank Lawrence Janss, Alice & Leonard Maltin, Mark Caballero and Angelica Fischinger.
Please purchase in advance, this event is anticipated to sell out.
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You may also purchase tickets and make donations by calling CVM directly at 213-683-1514 (by MC or Visa via phone, after August 24).
Silent Auction items include: A Fischinger "Film-Flip" flipbook made by Elfriede; an original charcoal animation drawing by Oskar Fischinger from Studie nr. 8; a gouache animation painting by Oskar Fischinger from the film Squares (1934); a digital print from artist Spot Draves; a copy of the Fischinger biography Optical Poetry, signed by author William Moritz in early 2004 before his death; an original 1977 LACMA poster for the historic James Whitney Retrospective, guest curator William Moritz; photographs of Stan Brakhage by Robert Haller; a copy of the out-of-print Stan Brakhage book "I...Sleeping"; and much more. Some images online here. We will accept advance bids prior to the event. Inquire at cvmaccess (at) gmail.com
Elfriede Fischinger (1910-1999) devoted nearly her entire life to her husband Oskar Fischinger’s films, artwork and legacy. She began assisting on the films in his Berlin studio in the 1930s, and after they immigrated to Hollywood in 1936, helped support the family during lean times. Oskar worked briefly for Paramount, Disney (Fantasia), MGM and Orson Welles, but could never find sufficient support to produce many of the films he planned. After Oskar's death in 1967, Elfriede began collecting, cataloguing and preserving material related to the films and paintings, with assistance from Dr. William Moritz. She traveled widely lecturing with Oskar’s paintings and films at venues worldwide including the Montreal Expo of 1967, the Berlin Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Telluride, and the Venice Bienalle 1982, as well as major animation festivals like Ottawa and Zagreb. She received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Royal Academy of the Netherlands, the International Animation Society ASIFA, and Women in Film.
More about Oskar Fischinger: www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger
Elfriede in The Hague, Netherlands with William Moritz and Michael Scroggins, c. 1986.
Top photo of Oskar and Elfriede in Berlin, c. 1930, from Home Movies preserved by CVM.
2nd photo of Elfriede, 1977, by Dwinell Grant
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Center for Visual Music
Co-Hosted with Goethe-Institut and The Fischinger Trust. Center for Visual Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and avant-garde cinema. CVM preserves, curates, researches and promotes the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with historical documentation and artwork. CVM's archives house the papers of Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger, and Dr. William Moritz, Oskar's biographer. CVM distributes and licenses Fischinger (and many other) films to venues and programs worldwide. CVM produced the first Oskar Fischinger DVD, and is restoring films for the second DVD release.
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