ART+ANGER: A Kenneth Anger Screening Party
CultureFix (9 Clinton St., Manhattan)
Prolific filmmaker of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Kenneth Anger created a body of the most influential avant garde films. Totaling at 3 hours, RAC will play nine of his most critically-acclaimed completed works in a relaxed ambiance with an informal seating area. Anger’s films center on and critique the dangerous allure of popular culture and Hollywood through their spectacle-based narrative structure. Visually, his pieces strongly draw on imagery from the occult, 70’s countercultures, and eroticism and are soundtracked by artists such as The Dells, A Raincoat, Jimmy Page, Elvis Presely, The Angels, Vivaldi, Ricky Nelson and the Shangri-Las. Self-described as a magician who uses cinematography as a magical power, Anger’s main goal in his filmmaking is to seduce the audience into entering an alternative construction of artistic realities and create an enigmatic atmosphere for the viewer that goes beyond the screen.
Anger famously screened his films in his windowless apartment in the Lower East Side to a small community that included notable creative minds such as Alfred Kinsey, Mick Jagger, and Tennessee Williams. RAC aims to recreate this intimate screening experience thirty years later in their Lower East Side location. With a gallery space, extensive beer selection, and communal tables with ample seating, enjoy RAC’s relaxed and social ambiance while viewing a selection of Anger’s most influential films.