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MAM Exhibit James Nares: In the City

Jan. 27, 2017 - April 16, 2017

Just as photographer Helen Levitt drew her inspiration from the streets of New York City in the 1940s, contemporary artist James Nares finds his subject in the city streets in his hypnotic 61- minute high-definition video Street and in his 1976 Super 8 short in Pendulum.

Nares, a native of London who came to New York in 1974, describes Street as “a love letter to my adopted home.” Inspired by pioneers of actualitĂ© cinema, Nares recorded the mundane details of city street life using innovative technology. He repurposed a stationary high-speed camera (normally used to capture fleeting subjects) to record sixteen hours of footage. Shooting six-second clips, the maximum length of time that the camera can record at such a high resolution, he then greatly slowed his source material, and edited down the results to 61 minutes of steady, continuous motionwhich, if shown in real time, would last only three minutes. The accompanying musical score was composed and performed by Sonic Youth co- founder Thurston Moore on a 12-string acoustic guitar.

Pendulum, which follows the arc of a concrete sphere swinging in the deserted streets of Tribeca, was filmed on Super 8 just a few years after Nares moved to the city. Examining the motion of an object in space, the mesmerizing film celebrates the freedom of flight and provides context for Nares’ broader oeuvre of films and videos, which reveal preoccupations with movement, rhythm and repetition. 

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-224-3200
http://www.mam.org
Venue Description:
The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection comprises more than 20,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary and is housed in a trio of unique structures from Eero Saarinen's 1950s building through a David Kahler section added in the 1970s and the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion. The museum houses 15th to 20th century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, folk art, Haitian art and outsider art. MAM's cafe also offers great lunches in a luminous setting with lake views. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum's Web site for hours, admission fees and a full description of current exhibitions. mam.org.
Milwaukee Art Museum
http://www.mam.org