Think Ahead: Film/Video

David Filipi & Chris Stults

Jan 03, 2023

A young white woman stands in a green, grassy forest area. She has short dark hair and is wearing long, dark shorts and a dark blue hoodie. She's accompanied by a yellow mixed-breed dog. She's playing with the dog, pulling a large stick away from the animal as it reaches for the stick with its mouth.

We're excited to share more great, unique-to-the-region programming in 2023, with January alone bringing events like the film series Resting Places, the continuation of our collaboration with Art Possible Ohio, the Ohio premiere of Ontroerend Goed's Are we not drawn onward to new erA in partnership with CAPA, and the local synth showcase Patchmakers. For a head start on what's coming, we're devoting the first week of January to recommendations from our curatorial team, intended to help you get better acquainted with some of the artists and programs on tap—or get you caught up on what the artists have been working on recently.

First up: Film/Video Director David Filipi and Associate Curator Chris Stults with relevant works by artists visiting in February and March.

Maya Deren, Choreographed for Camera by Mark Alice Durant

A copy of the book Maya Deren, Choreographed for Camera lays open, revealing a two-page spread with an image of Deren on the left page and text on the right page, with the chapter title "WHAT HOLLYWOOD SPENDS ON LIPSTICK"

Maya Deren, Choreographed for Camera, image courtesy of Saint Lucy Books

Mark Alice Durant will join us on Friday, February 17 for a talk and signing of his 2022 book, along with a screening of the Maya Deren films A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945) and Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)It’s hard to believe that Durant is the first to deliver a full biography of Deren. To this day, she is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century—in film, dance, photography—and the author only amplifies her legacy. Here's a link to the publisher's page and here's a great review of the book from The New Yorker.

—David Filipi


Kelly Reichardt + Michelle Williams

A white woman with shoulder length brown hair with bangs is shot shoulders-up in a cluttered artist studio. She's intently concentrated on shaping a small figurative sculpture in clay.

Michelle Williams in Showing Up, image courtesy of A24

It’s always an event when filmmaker Kelly Reichardt visits to present a new film. She’s had a relationship with the Wex going back over 20 years, when she first worked in our post-production studio on an experimental short film. She’s gone on to build one of the most acclaimed and truly independent bodies of work in contemporary cinema and returned to the Wex several times (most recently in 2016 for a retrospective timed to her Wexner Center Artist’s Residency Award).

Reichardt returns March 23 with her latest, Showing Up. The film marks her fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams and deepens one of the 21st century’s most significant director-actor partnerships. If you haven’t caught any of the previous films they’ve made together, they’re all available to watch for free with a library card through the invaluable streaming service, Kanopy.

You can also prep for Reichardt's visit by checking out the Showing Up trailer.

—Chris Stults


Top of page: Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, image courtesy of Oscilloscope Films

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