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Date & Time
February 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Free; no reservations required
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Jeanne Liotta visits with a program of short experimental films that exist in the curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Program highlights include Lilly Library’s newest 16mm acquisition, Liotta’s sublimely cosmic work Observando El Cielo (2007) as well as a live projector performance.

Full Program:

  • NM CAMERA ROLL/ LAND OF ENCHANTMENT/S8 1994 3 min, Super 8mm
  • LORETTA (2003) 4 min, 16mm
  • ECLIPSE (2005) 3 min, 16mm
  • OBSERVANDO EL CIELO (2007) 19 min, 16mm
  • HAIKU FOR ONIZUKA (2008) 73 sec, 16mm
  • WHAT MAKES DAY AND NIGHT (1999) 9 min, 16mm
  • SUTRO (2009) 3 min, digital
  • HEPHAESTUS OF THE AIRSHAFT (2005) 3 min, digital
  • SWEET DREAMS (2009) 4 min, digital
  • CLIMATE FICTIONS l-lV (2017) 4 min, digital
  • SPAZIO (2018) 6:30 min, digital



Jeanne Liotta (New York City) is an artist and filmmaker who makes both single-channel films and other cultural ephemera such as her ‘one-cut’ newspaper collages, moving image installations, and live projection performances. Her main body of work takes place at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Observando El Cielo, her 16mm film of the night skies was voted one of the top films of the decade by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, was Artforum’s Best Films of the Year, was awarded the Tiger Award for Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Best International Screen at Images Festival, and Most Beautiful Sound Design award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Her work has been seen in The Whitney Biennial 2006, The Whitney Museum Dreamlands exhibition, The New York Film Festival, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Exploratorium of San Francisco, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Centre de Georges Pompidou Paris, CCCB Spain, MCA Denver, and The Menil Collection Houston among others. Awards include NYSCA, The Jerome Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Cinema and The Orphans Film Symposium’s Helen Hill Award. She has written a monograph on her research into the Joseph Cornell Film Collection at Anthology Film Archives and is a long-time faculty member at the Bard MFA Program. Liotta is represented by Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, and her work is collected by The Museum of Modern Art, The Austrian Film Museum, The European Media Arts Collection, The New York Public Library, Harvard and Duke Universities.

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