Saturday Cinema: Trip the Light Fantastic

Saturday, November 20, 2021 • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Free with museum admission—and it's always free for Daytime members. Just bring your membership card and ID.

All Ages

In celebration of the opening of Glow: Discover the Art of Light, we put a spotlight on short, kinetic films that dance! These exuberant films express joyful movement in luminous and colorful ways.


Light Play: Black/White/Gray by artist Laszlo Maholy-Nagy (1930, 6 min.) 
The ephemeral elements of light play off of a kinetic sculpture casting dancing shadows in evocative ways.

Pow.Wow.Wow by Lisa Jackson (2011, 4 min.)
Featuring the dynamic dancing of Shyama Priya, a Cree Nation Fancy Shawl dancer, this short film offers a celestial performance of “grace and energy” in rhythm with music performed by Cris Derksen.

Con Brio by Sandra Eber (2013, 4 min.) 
This choreographed stop-motion animation features flowers at liberty and play, accompanied by a lively ukulele composition. Flowers dance in a joyous celebration in the garden in this complexly created pinhole film.

Twyla Tharp by Bay Area filmmaker Kathleen Quillian (2021, 4 min.)
This animated music video bursts with color and was made using digitally printed images and approximately 1,200 hand-cut paper silhouettes. Music by Dylan Hicks.

Fiddle De Dee by animation pioneer Norman McLaren (1947, 5 min.)
This hand-painted film is a tumble of colors and undulating shapes. Reflecting the gaiety of old time music by a Gatineau Valley fiddler who plays Alice Hawthorne’s composition “Listen to the Mocking Bird.” Lively abstract shapes frolic across the screen in tempo with the happy, toe-tapping music.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Qullian.