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Artist’s Choice: Summer Film Series, Miklós Jancsó’s ‘Electra, My Love’ selected by Rita Ackermann, Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, 21 June 2017, 8.15 pm


Artist’s Choice: Summer Film Series continues on Wednesday 21 June with Miklós Jancsó’s ‘Electra, My Love’ (1974) selected by Rita Ackermann. Based on an archaic tale from Greek mythology, ‘Electra, My Love’ is set in ancient Greece yet filmed in the flatlands of Hungary, echoing folk motifs symbolic of the landscape. The story of the revolutionary Electra and her brother, Orestes, is grounded in communist Hungary and offers a socio-political commentary on modern oppression. With remarkable cinematography, the 71-minute film consists of only 10 principle shots, each filmed with extraordinarily long takes that became a hallmark of the Hungarian filmmaker’s signature style.

Artist’s Choice: Summer Film Series is a program of free evening film screenings that will take place on the newly renovated rooftop of the gallery’s West 22nd Street location in June and July. With films selected by New York-based gallery artists Rita Ackermann, Mary Heilmann, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, and Jack Whitten, Summer Film Series will present a vibrant collection of cinematic works that illustrate the many ways in which the moving image provides a rich source of inspiration for visual artists.

Offering dramatic views of New York’s West Chelsea Arts District and the Hudson River, Hauser & Wirth’s rooftop features works by a diverse group of artists from the gallery’s roster, including a special installation of Martin Creed’s ‘Work No. 2198,’ selected by the artist for the space.

Drinks and food will be available for purchase at the Roth Bar beginning at 6 PM.

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While screenings are free, advanced booking is essential due to limited seating. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets.

Image: Still from ‘Electra, My Love’ (1974). Image courtesy of Facets Multimedia, Inc.