Nov 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
METROPOLITAN MEDITATIONS: PETER HUTTON TRIBUTE
With Daniel D'Oca & Braden King.
Urban Omnibus and UnionDocs celebrate the incomparable metropolitan landscapes of Peter Hutton (1944-2016) with a screening of New York Portrait, Chapter II and Time and Tide, introduced by urban planner and Hutton neighbor Daniel D’Oca.
A merchant seaman turned filmmaker, Hutton made portraits of places around the globe. Close to home, Hutton captured the beauty and complexity—the poetry—of the city and the region. Snapshots of New York City and a diary of a journey up the Hudson River register sky, water, and structures from the Statue of Liberty and skyscrapers, to the boardwalk of Coney Island and the cooling towers of Indian Point. On a Sunday evening, we slow down to see the urban environment from a singular perspective. City symphonies without sound, portraits without people, Hutton’s meditations reveal landscapes we rarely connect in our minds.
After the program we will have discussion with Daniel D’Oca, and filmmaker and former student of Hutton, Braden King.
New York Portrait, Chapter II, 1981, 16mm, b/w, silent, 16 min.
Time and Tide, US, 2000, 16mm, color, silent, 35 min.
Peter Hutton (1944-2016) is one of cinema’s most ardent and poetic portraitists of city and landscape. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and went on to teach at Hampshire College, Harvard University, SUNY Purchase, and Bard College. Over his lifetime, he produced more than 20 films, most of which are portraits of cities and landscapes around the world. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art curated a retrospective of his work, which has shown in major museums and at festivals in the United States and Europe, including Whitney Biennial (1985, 1991, 1995, 2004). He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, DAAD Berliner, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Dutch Film Critics Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. – Josh Siegel
Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner, principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His most recent feature film, HERE, starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal, premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and was distributed theatrically by Strand Releasing in 2012. A live installation version of the project, HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and continues to tour internationally. King’s previous work includes the feature film DUTCH HARBOR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS IT’S BACK (co-directed with photographer Laura Moya), the short film HOME MOVIE and music videos for Sparklehorse, Sonic Youth, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham) and Dirty Three.
In December, look forward to Anthology Film Archive’s full Peter Hutton retrospective, an incredible showcase of work across his lifetime that highlights his deft eye and singular perspective from December 7-12.