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Claes Oldenburg at 85

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Wednesday 1/29
7:00 pm
Ibrahim Theater
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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 1960’s and early 70s. Scott’s 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 Scott’s 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.


preceded by:


Pats Birthday

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.