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Film: Tacita Dean’s Kodak

Still from Kodak (2006) by Tacita Dean. Courtesy of the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Tacita Dean’s film Kodak (2006; 16 mm; 44 min.) is set within a closing Kodak motion-picture film factory in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. Vivid and luminous, Kodak uses the medium of film to explore its own manufacture and contemplate its precarious status in the 21st century, given the rise of digital production. While Kodak is typically exhibited as an installation, we have the unique opportunity to experience Dean’s investigation of cultural obsolescence in the cinema at Menschel Hall.

Jessica Bardsley, a Ph.D. candidate in film and visual studies at Harvard, will introduce the film, setting it in dialogue with the processes of darkroom photography explored in the exhibition Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001, on view May 19–August 12, 2018.
The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.

Complimentary parking available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage, located at 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Guests are invited to view the Analog Culture exhibition on Level 3 after the film, from 7:30 to 8:30pm.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.
In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.