NEW YORK, NY.- P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
presents Kenneth Anger, the first major survey of the filmmakers body of work at a U.S. museum in over a decade. Making films since 1947, Anger is considered internationally as a pioneering and influential force in avantgarde cinema. His ground breaking films have inspired the likes of Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, and Guy Maddin. The exhibition will focus primarily on Angers early iconic works including Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Eaux DArtifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954 66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1964 65), Invocation of my Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970 81). The exhibition is presented in the 2nd floor Kunsthalle.
Kenneth Angers work constitutes a radical critique of Hollywood, often evoking and referencing pop icons within occult settings and depicting youth counterculture in the midst of violence and eroticism. Anger does not use a narrative-based style, but rather lyrically explores themes of ritualistic transformation and transfiguration. His films are imbued with a baroque splendor stemming from the heightened sensuality of his opulent colors and imagery. They are often accompanied by a haunting soundtrack, composed by renowned musicians such as Mick Jagger and Bobby Beausoleil.
The exhibition design, consisting primarily of red and silver vinyl partitions and wall and floor coverings, is evocative of the atmosphere of Angers films. It extends the sumptuous settings that are depicted on screen into the exhibition space, creating an immersive viewing experience.
Kenneth Anger (b. 1927, Santa Monica, California) has been creating films since the 1940s with his first being Who Has Been Rocking My Dreamboat (1941). Angers six-decade-long oeuvre includes most notably Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Eaux d'artifice (1953), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1963), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), Lucifer Rising (1970-81)), Rabbit's Moon (1950-79), Mouse Heaven (2004), Elliots Suicide (2004), and the recent Ich Will! (2008) and Foreplay (2008). He also performs as Technicolor Skull with Brian Butler.
Kenneth Anger is organized by Susanne Pfeffer, Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art/ P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Curatorial Advisor with Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art/Chief Curatorial Advisor, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.