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Unraveling Realities: The Films of Janie Geiser

Sep 15 — Sep 16, 2023

MoMI is pleased to present a career retrospective of Janie Geiser, a filmmaker and multimedia artist renowned for her unique blend of puppetry, animation, collage, and experimental cinema—with Geiser appearing in person. Each of the three programs highlights a different phase of her practice, from her early film The Red Book (1994), shown alongside her series The Nervous Films; to a program of her most recent works, which includes films completed during the first years of the pandemic. Geiser’s complex visual compositions, juxtaposed with her multivalent soundtracks, rhythmically expose the materiality of her medium. These hauntingly beautiful works enter the realms of dreams, memories, mystery, identity, and loss, challenging perception, provoking introspection, and rewarding curiosity. 

Janie Geiser will appear in person at all programs.

Janie Geiser is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and a Creative Capital awardee. Her films are in the collections of MOMA, the NY Public Library’s Donnell Media Center, CalArts, and BAMPFA. The Red Book is part of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Academy of Motion Pictures Archive has selected her work for preservation, and The Fourth Watch (2000) was selected by Film Comment as one of the top ten experimental films of its decade.