7th Annual Experimental Lecture: Ernie Gher: What Is an Unfinished Work?


Gehr 10.19.16 updatedNYU Tisch School of the Arts

Departments of Cinema Studies and Undergraduate Film and TV present The 7th Annual Experimental Lecture

Ernie Gehr – “What Is an Unfinished Work?”

Wed. Oct. 19, 2016

NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Rm. 674
Free and open to the public



For nearly fifty years, artist Ernie Gehr has transformed his deep knowledge of the moving image into a distinct vision of cinema’s potential for interpreting and fragmenting reality. With an astute, often humorous, appreciation for the limits and possibilities of the frame, Gehr has, since the mid-1960s, created a large, radical body of work that continues to challenge and surprise audiences. He uses his camera as a tool for creating new modes of perception. With few words, no characters, and no plots, his films, video work, and installations push us to re-imagine our own relationships to time and space. 

There are a multiplicity of adjectives that fit Ernie Gehr’s experimental film and digital work: abstract, beautiful, mysterious, invigorating, utopian. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 11/11/11

 In Gehr’s hands, the camera seems to take on magical properties, able to transform the most quotidian object or environment –– the pattern of sunlight on a wall, a busy street — into marvelous and unexpected phenomena. — Ernie Gehr’s Marvelous Cinema, Harvard Film Archive


Join us for screenings at 5:30 and Gehr’s Experimental Lecutre at 7:00.


5:30 Pre-lecture 16mm screening of Serene Velocity (1970), Shift (1972-74) and Rear Window (1986/1991)

6:30 Artist reception

7:00 Experimental Lecture with screenings of Lisa and Suzanne (1969-79), Untitled: Part 1 (l981), On the Coney Island Boardwalk (2010)

Link to event: http://tisch.nyu.edu/cinema-studies/events/fall-2016/ernie-gehr

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