The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
NYC—THE ABSTRACT IMAGE IN 50s EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA will consider the extensive use of the modern city—New York’s buildings, streets, bridges, signs, and people—as a setting for avant-garde films produced in the 1950s, including Francis Thompson’s "N.Y. N.Y." (1957) and Shirley Clarke’s "Bridges-Go-Round" (1958) among other titles. The stylistic, compositional strategies of the films produce highly original sets of geometric, visual delights. This is the second event in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies Film Festival. Robert Singer is Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and a faculty member in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies. Professor Singer is serving as a series co-editor of multivolume, critical editions in Film/American Studies entitled "Refocus: Forgotten American Directors" to be published by Edinburgh University Press.