Experience the Modern's film and video collection from home with our new program Modern TV, launching May 16. Every other Saturday at 7 pm, free screenings of videos by leading contemporary artists will be linked or livestreamed here. Though our galleries remain temporarily closed, we invite you to stay connected with us through our online resources and special events.

 

Coming Up:

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Grand Paris Texas, 2009
June 13, 7-10 pm CST
June 14, 2-5 pm CST
June 15, 9 am-12 pm CST

Grand Paris Texas, 2009, is a cinematic exploration of the physical and social space of an abandoned movie theater in Paris, Texas. The Grand theater serves as the main protagonist in a film that patiently observes life in Paris, a town made famous by Wim Wenders’s 1984 film Paris, Texas, which used the city’s name but was not actually filmed there. Hubbard / Birchler’s film interweaves three storylines: a film crew recording the bird-infested interior of the Grand; interviews with Paris residents who reflect on the abandoned movie theater, on films in general, and on Wenders’s Paris, Texas in particular; and Hubbard / Birchler’s surprising discovery of a partially-erased video tape found at the local video store.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Irish/American/Swiss, born 1965
Swiss, born 1962
Grand Paris Texas, 2009
High-definition video with sound; 54 minutes
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase

 

 

   

Tabaimo
hanabi-ra, 2002
June 27, 7-10 pm CST

In hanabi-ra, 2002, Tabaimo uses animation to create a visual haiku relating the cycles of nature to the cycles of human life. This video takes its title from a Japanese phrase meaning "flower petal" and depicts a garden inside a human body. The garden undergoes various seasonal changes, and eventually the figure dissolves, leaving behind only pieces of paper.

Tabaimo
Japanese, born 1975
hanabi-ra, 2002
Single-channel video animation; 4 minutes, 25 seconds
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase

 

 

More screenings to be announced at a later date.

   

 

 


Past Broadcasts:

Mark Bradford
Dancing in the Street, 2019
May 16

Mark Bradford's video Dancing in the Street, 2019, shows a performance of the song by Martha and the Vandellas of the same name being projected onto buildings and fences across Los Angeles at night. The song debuted in 1964 and was adopted as a civil rights anthem and call to action during the Watts riots the following year. This work is in the Museum's permanent collection and is in the Modern's current exhibition Mark Bradford: End Papers.

Mark Bradford
American, born 1961
Dancing in the Street, 2019
Video; 2 minutes, 50 seconds
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Friends of Art Endowment Fund and Museum purchase

 

 

   

Mario García Torres​
The Schlieren Plot, n.d.
May 30

Mario García Torres's The Schlieren Plot, n.d., is a cinematic narrative based on two little-known episodes in the career of the American artist Robert Smithson (1938-1973). Between the late 1960s and 1970s, Smithson worked on two projects in Texas. Mixing fact and fiction, the film's story centers on a gardener at the Menil Collection in Houston who goes on a journey to review Smithson's path across the state. García Torres composed a soundtrack to accompany the film; it includes country and gospel-style songs whose lyrics meditate on the Texas landscape and on Smithson's artistic concerns.

Additionally, you can also listen to the soundtrack of The Schlieren Plot on Spotify here.

Mario García Torres
Mexican, born 1975
The Schlieren Plot, n.d.
High-definition video with sound; 29 minutes
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase