Search Museum of the Moving Image

The Films of Lewis Klahr

Oct 20 — Oct 21, 2023

MoMI is pleased to welcome Lewis Klahr in person for a career retrospective, which will present a selection of Klahr’s most significant films, as well as the New York City premiere of his latest, The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness. Klahr is known for creating collage-style animations, utilizing cutouts from magazines, comic books, and other printed materials to create dreamlike and fragmented narratives that explore memory, nostalgia, and pop culture. Klahr’s work blends found imagery, pop culture, Hollywood tropes, intoxicating soundtracks, and poetic narratives to create unique cinematic experiences. Throughout his career, he has explored the intricacies of memory, longing, and the human condition through a kaleidoscopic lens that transforms forgotten images into thought-provoking visual tapestries. 

Lewis Klahr will appear in person at all screenings.

Klahr’s films have been included in the Whitney Biennial three times and screened extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work is in MoMA’s permanent collection, as well as various private collections. Klahr was the Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner, the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Creative Capital.