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February 14—April 1, 2012
Sert Gallery

Ernie Gehr, still from Picture Taking
Ernie Gehr, still from Picture Taking, 2010, HD video

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University presents Ernie Gehr: Picture Taking,
the second exhibition in a newly created space for viewing moving image works located on the third floor
of the Carpenter Center.

"PICTURE TAKING is part of an ongoing cycle of new works on New York City that began with SURVEILLANCE, a
4-channel installation exhibited in Madison Square Park in 2010, and opening in late March at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC as part of their permanent collection (Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image). PICTURE TAKING is focused on "verticality" and urban sightseeing as well as on some of the pictorial possibilities of the HD digital format.
—Ernie Gehr, February 10, 2012

About the Artist
Gehr began to work with film in 1967, and with digital media in 2000. He is a recipient of a Stan Brakhage Vision Award (Denver International Film Festival 2009), a Princeton University Humanities Fellowship, (2007), and a Maya Deren Award (American Film Institute, 1990). A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gehr has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Foundation, California Council on the Art, as well as commissions for standard single single-screen work (Museum of Modern Art, 2000; Vienna International Film Festival, 2003), and digital installations (Museum of Modern Art, 2002, 2007/08; Madison Square Park Conservancy, NY, 2010). Retrospectives of his work were presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Arsenal, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Cinematheque; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Pesaro International Film Festival, and at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Gehr has taught at various institutions across the country, including S.U.N.Y Binghamton, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, Bard College, University of Colorado at Boulder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and the San Francisco Art Institute. 

Exhibition Hours: Sert Gallery: Tue-Sun: 1:00—5:00 pm
*Special extended gallery hours on Thursday, March 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, prior to Ernie Gehr appearing in person and screening recent video work, at the Harvard Film Archive.

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