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Jun. 22, 2018 - 9:30pm to 10:45pm

Rooftop Cinema

Canyon Cinema 50 Tour

Groundbreaking experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema, based in San Francisco, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017. Curator David Dinnell, visiting faculty at California Institute of the Arts, has assembled a program exploring the depth and breadth of the Canyon Cinema catalog. Featured filmmakers include Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, Scott Stark, and Janie Geiser. The Canyon Cinema 50 project is organized by the Canyon Cinema Foundation and supported in part by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

Jun. 29, 2018 - 9:30pm to 10:45pm

Rooftop Cinema

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]
Zack Khalil and Adam Khalil, 2016, USA/Canada, digital, 75 minutes

Filmmakers Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil re-imagine an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations for the Ojibway community near Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Aug. 02, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Gallery Talk: Far Out! Art from the 1960s


Artistically, socially, culturally, and politically, the 1960s was a decade of extraordinary change. Inspired by the rebellious ethos of the modernist avant-garde as well as the “question everything” spirit of the ‘60s, artists transformed aesthetics, styles and subjects, and assumptions about the primacy of the art object and art’s place in society. Many artists also responded to and participated in movements for social change – for Civil Rights, Black Power, and Women’s Liberation, for the rights of migrant farmworkers and the empowerment of students – and against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, that shook the foundations of society. Whether motivated primarily by a drive for radical artistic experimentation, revolutionary social and political convictions, or visions of justice and freedom, artists of the 1960s challenged the authority of established art traditions and the structures and conventions of the art world as never before.

Melanie Herzog is professor at Edgewood College where she teaches a range of art history courses that reflect her interests in gender, race and ethnicity, and socially engaged art and artists, among other subjects. She is a leading scholar on the work of Elizabeth Catlett and has written extensively on the social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin.

Aug. 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


On Friday, August 17 come to MMoCA from 6-9pm to celebrate the opening of William J. O’Brien: Reliquary. Guests may explore the exhibition, which will offer a “wide range of material experimentation,” from 6-9pm. At 6:30pm, the artist will give a lecture addressing recent works and the exhibition. Guests will be treated to music, hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar. Free for MMoCA members / $10 for non-members. Seating capacity in the lecture hall is limited.