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Expanding the Frame: For the Love of Film

Amid laments about the end of celluloid, this year’s Expanding the Frame series celebrates its materiality and temporal nature—how it lives and decays. Two artists, Bill Morrison and Luther Price, embrace the overall beauty of the medium by exploring film’s organic properties. While Morrison breathes life into existing films, Price stimulates its degeneration by burying and chemically altering the material. In both cases, the results are breathtaking.

Morrison, called “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers” by Variety, has built a filmography of more than 30 projects that have been presented worldwide, including two previous visits to the Walker as part of film and live music presentations. He is known for using archival footage, reframing forgotten film imagery to tell us new stories. Morrison will be at the Walker to introduce all programs of his work on January 24, 25, and 26.

Price’s recent handmade 35mm slides were included in the last Whitney Biennial, and his films and performances have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Toronto International Film Festival; Light Industry; the San Francisco Cinematheque; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Price presents a selection of his work at the Walker on February 1.