Images Were Introduced: An exhibition of film and photography by Michael Nyman
January 22 – May 17, 2015 Tisch Family Gallery
Images Were Introduced marks the U.S. museum debut of pianist and composer Michael Nyman’s work in the visual arts. He is best known for his collaborations with British independent filmmaker Peter Greenaway, as fellow-artists rather than as filmmaker/soundtrack composer, from The Draughtsman’s Contract of 1983 to Prospero’s Books, their last collaboration from 1991. Nyman subsequently worked with Patrice Leconte, Jane Campion (The Piano), Neil Jordan (The End of the Affair), Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland, The Claim, and A Cock and Bull Story), and Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). He has also written scores for a number of choreographers and has collaborated with several contemporary visual artists.
The centerpiece of Images Were Introduced is an immersive, 12-channel cinematic installation, set to a new score composed by Nyman. NYman with a Movie Camera draws from his own photographic archive spanning 50 years of world travels. At its core is Dziga Vertov’s classic 1929 avant-garde film Man with a Movie Camera, a groundbreaking movie about movie-making. Nyman’s masterful reinterpretation, in color, of the Vertov film is synchronized, frame by frame, with the black-and-white original. The soundtrack is synchronized with the fast pace of the cinematic editing. Also included are several short films from Nyman’s Cine Opera series and new photographs from his Day of the Dead series.
Nyman produced his first non-musical artworks in 1973: a limited edition artist’s book, Bentham and Hooker (published by Felipe Ehrenberg’s Beau Geste Press); and his first film, Love Love Love (edited by Peter Greenaway to All You Need Is Love in 1967). In 2008, he published his first photography book, Sublime (Volumina Editions). His first major exhibition of film and photography was held at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England, in 2009. His approximately 80 short films, collected under the title Cine Opera, have been growing regularly since 2008. Cine Opera is a distinguished Art Deco theatre in Mexico City that has been abandoned and allowed to deteriorate despite. NYman With A Movie Camera premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 as a long-form film. Since then, an eleven- screen installation of NYman With A Movie Camera was featured in 2013 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Miami during Basel Art Fair Week, and then in 2014 at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City. This exhibition is organized by Myriam Blundell_Projects, London, and Michael Nyman, Ltd.