Claes Oldenburg at 85
Co-presented with The Institute of Contemporary Art at
the University of Pennsylvania
The Great Ice Cream Robbery
dir. James Scott, UK, 1971, 16mm, 40 min.
Special introductory presentation by Branden W. Joseph
James Scott, son of pioneering British abstractionist William Scott, created several film portraits of contemporary artists in the 1960s and early 70s. Scotts intention was not merely to document the artworks themselves, but to merge the artistic practice of his subjects with the possibilities of the moving image. The most ambitious of Scotts portraits, The Great Ice Cream Robbery (1971) is a side-by-side double projection featuring Claes Oldenburg as he prepares for his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in London. Featuring appearances by Richard Hamilton and Hannah Wilke.
dir. Robert Breer, US, 1962, 16mm, 13 min., b&w
A day in the country with Claes Oldenburg and the Ray Gun Theatre Players. Includes such classic items as the haunted house, a gas station, ice cream stand, miniature golf, airplane noises and balloons.
Branden W. Joseph is the Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University, a contributor the to catalogue, Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties, and author of "Negative Capabilities: Claes Oldenburg and Jackson Pollock," published in Artforum last April.