SFAI Visiting Artist Lecture: James Benning

San Francisco, CA

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VAS Social Hour: SFAI Café » 6:30–7:30 pm 

Note: This event has been moved from Tuesday, April 8 to Monday, April 14

A pivotal figure in American experimental filmmaking for over 40 years, James Benning’s primary subject is the expansive and complex American landscape. His most recent work centers around two cabins that he replicated on his property in the Sierra foothills: Henry David Thoreau’s shelter from Walden Pond and Ted Kaczynski’s plywood shack—iconic American structures that seemingly represent utopian and dystopian poles. Benning’s film Two Cabins (2011) layers perspectives and articulates intoxicating connections between the two structures. The cabins and the film are the further subject of a 2011 book of the same title edited by Julie Ault. Benning has taught at CalArts since the late 1980s. The Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, presented a retrospective of his films in 2007, and Benning’s installations have been staged at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; among other venues.