With an immensely diverse body of creative work, Ed Emshwiller is perhaps one of the most significant moving image artists of the 20th century. From his early science fiction illustrations in the 60s to experimental filmmaking and video dance-art fusion in the 70s and 80s, Emshwiller’s pioneering efforts exploring time, space and movement continue to influence cutting-edge artists today. Lightbox Film Center will organize the first-of-its-kind Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller retrospective, a multi-site exhibition exploring the many facets of the artist’s work in film, video and visual art.
Running October 18 – December 7, 2019, Dream Dance will feature the preservation of two of Emshwiller’s earliest films, “Dance Chromatic” (1959) and “Lifelines” (1960), which will be screened at Lightbox along with 17 of his other films—some of which have never been publicly presented. An extensive gallery show at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery will feature Emshwiller’s paintings, illustrations, videos and additional archival materials. Scholars, historians, and Emshwiller’s family members and contemporaries will contextualize his work and provide new scholarship in an accompanying catalog.
For more information on “Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller,” including screening dates, panel discussions and admission prices, please visit lightboxfilmcenter.org/dreamdance or call 215-895-6590.