Bill Morrison: Film Screening at the Crowley Theater
Bill Morrison is an award-winning artist and filmmaker, with eight titles in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art include Light is Calling, Decasia, and The Film of Her. His films and videos have been screened in theatres, museums and concert halls worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Royal Festival hall, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Mass Moca, and the Wexner Center. Often working in collaboration with musicians and composers, Bill has created films to accompany live performances of music by John Adams, Steve Reich, Michael Gordon and others. Bill’s films have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, and featured at film festivals such as Sundance, Rotterdam, San Francisco and Edinburgh. His collaborations with New York’s performance ensemble Ridge Theatre (where he is a founding member) have been recognized with two “Bessie” awards for excellence in theatrical design as well as a Village Voice “Obie” award in 2002. Morrison has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the 2004 NEA Creativity Grant and Creative Capital. In 2009 he created the film sequences that punctuated Wallace Shawn’s play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which had its premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre. The Miner’s Hymn, Morrison’s most recent piece, tells of Northern England’s diminishing coal industry. The score is by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, and the work had its premiere at Durham Cathedral last year.
Decasia, which will be screened in Marfa on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Crowley Theatre, along with a selection of additional films, is a 2002 work made from found footage, and features an original score by Michael Gordon. It was commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta, and is a meditation on old, decaying silent movies. J. Hobermann in the Village Voice described Decasia as “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de siècle.”