Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY


Friday, November 8, 2019


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm





The Parrish Art Museum and Sag Harbor Cinema Present “SAW” – a screening of 6 short films Friday, November 8, 6pm, at the Museum in Water Mill




A conversation with Corinne Erni, guest curator Micaela Durand, and filmmaker Jordan Lord follows the program of films by Daniel Chew, Micaela Durand, Simon Liu, Jordan Lord, Laurel Nakadate, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rachel Rose
First (2019) by Micaela Durand and Daniel Chew

WATER MILL, NY 10/25/2019—Sag Harbor Cinema and the Parrish Art Museum co-present SAW, a screening of short films at the Museum, guest curated by filmmaker Micaela Durand. Featuring the work of seven filmmakers, SAW investigates the relationship between seeing and being seen with films that address how individuals present, perform, and reveal in an age of constant documentation. The screenings of films by Daniel Chew, Micaela Durand, Simon Liu, Jordan Lord, Laurel Nakadate, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rachel Rose will be followed by a conversation with Durand, Lord and Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects at the Parrish. This first collaboration between SHC and the Parrish forwards the Museum’s mission of bringing together art, artists, and the community for engaging programs that illuminate the creative process; as well as partnering with important arts organizations.

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Sag Harbor Cinema to present such an intriguing program by contemporary artists who are also filmmakers,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. “Their cinematic exploration represents another dimension that allows new insights into their art practice for our audiences.”

“The fascinating, ever growing relation between cinema and the visual arts was the subject of one of our very first programs. It is something that we will keep exploring which makes this collaboration with the Parrish very exciting. Connecting our audience with the wealth of artists of the East End is part of the Cinema’s mission,” said Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Founding Artistic Director, Sag Harbor Cinema. “SAW also gives us a chance to introduce to our community an extremely talented local filmmaker, Micaela Durand, in her capacity both as a director and curator.”
“There is something active in all these films that directs us, asks us to be present, engage in some way,” said Durand. “Just like every profile needs an audience in order to be seen, and has been made with someone seeing it in mind.”

As technology and social media increasingly shapes perception, these films employ a variety of methods to critique and observe how people watch. Paul Pfeiffer presents the third of his seminal three-part video installations, Long Count III (Thrilla in Manila) (2001), which shows the fight in 1975 between heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Pfeiffer digitally erases the boxers from the film so that the viewers’ attention shifts from watching the missing fighters, to the roaring crowd cheering back at them. Navigating the pressures of structures is also explored in Rachel Rose’s Everything and More (2017). As an astronaut describes the sensation of leaving earth behind, the viewer falls into a similar void through associative and digital manipulations. Reconstructing memory is examined in E-Ticket (2019). Simon Liu recomposes his personal archive of vacation ephemera into a pulsating performance that alludes to the contemporary condition of media exposure. Jordan Lord’s After….After….(Access) (2018) proposes a new kind of engagement with accessibility in mind, by rendering what is seen and heard into subtitles as the filmmaker documents their own open heart surgery. Durand and Daniel Chew’s film First (2019) follows a teenage girl as she negotiates the interrelationship of online and real world interactions. Laurel Nakadate explores similar entanglements in Oops! (2000), in which the artist is invited into the homes of men through chance encounters and asks them to dance with her to Britney Spears’s iconic song Oops!…I Did It Again.


Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand have screened and exhibited works at 47 Canal, MoMA PS1, White Columns, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Shed, and MOCA Los Angeles. They have their own artist publication, AD BOOK (2012). Durand was the former director of press Badlands Unlimited and editor of the fiction series New Lovers. Her writing has appeared in Texte zur Kunst and PIN-UP Magazine. Raised in East Hampton and a graduate of NYU Tisch, she lives and works in New York.

Simon Liu was raised between Hong Kong and Stoke-On-Trent, UK and now lives in Brooklyn. Liu’s films and 16mm multiple projection performances have been presented at festivals including the New York, Toronto, Rotterdam, BFI London, Edinburgh, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals along with institutions globally including the M+ Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, SFMoMA, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery. Liu is a 2019 Jerome Hill

Artist Fellow and a recipient of the NYSCA / Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund in 2018. He is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.
Jordan Lord is a filmmaker, writer, and artist, working primarily in video, text, and performance. Their work addresses the relationship between framing and support, historical and emotional debts, documentary and description.

Laurel Nakadate earned a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MFA from Yale University. She has had over 20 solo exhibitions of her photographs, films, and video at museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Australia including an acclaimed 10-year survey in 201 at MoMA/PS 1. Nakadate work is in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney, Hirshhorn, LACMA, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, and others, and has been featured in group shows at MoMA, the Hirshhorn, SchirnKunsthalle, MACRO, and other major institutions. Her two feature-length films premiered at the Sundance and LA Film Festivals and have been screened worldwide; and she has two published monographs of her photographs.

Known for his innovative manipulation of digital media, Paul Pfeiffer recasts the visual language of pop spectacle to examine how images shape our perception of ourselves and the world. Pfeiffer earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, an M.F.A. from Hunter College, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He was a featured artist in the PBS series Art:21, and the recipient of awards including Alpert Award for Visual Arts from CalArts, a U.S. Artist Fellowship, and the inaugural Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum. Pfeiffer’s work has been featured in group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, PS1’s Greater New York, the Sydney Biennial, and the 2001 Venice Biennale of Art. Born in Honolulu, he currently lives and works in NYC and Manila.

Rachel Rose explores how our changing relationship to landscape has shaped story-telling and belief systems. Rose draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation, and through her subjects—including cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, or the sensory experience of walking in outer space—she questions what makes us human and how we seek to alter and escape that designation. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Sandretto, Turin, (2018); Philadelphia Museum of Art, (2018); Kunsthaus Bregenz; Museu Serralves, Porto; The Aspen Art Museum; The Whitney, New York; Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London. She was included in the 57th Venice Biennale and the São Paulo Biennial. Rose is the recipient of the Future Fields Award and the Frieze Artist Award.

SAW Film Screening

Guest Curated by Micaela Durand, featuring films by Daniel Chew & Micaela Durand, Simon Liu, Jordan Lord, Laurel Nakadate, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rachel Rose
Followed by a talk with Corinne Erni, Durand, and Lord
Friday, November 8, 6pm
Parrish Art Museum
$12 | Free for Members and Students

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
About the Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.

About the Sag Harbor Cinema

Established in 2017, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Inc., is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding, maintaining and operating the historic Sag Harbor Cinema with programming and education for all ages.

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