Lillian Schwartz: Early Permutations

A Screening of Films by a Trailblazer in Computer-Mediated Art

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 7:30pm-9:00pm
Moody Center for the Arts | Lois Chiles Studio Theater
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Aurora Picture Show and the Moody co-present a special screening of rarely seen experimental films by artist Lillian Schwartz, a leader in computer-mediated art. Early Permutations celebrates this visionary with a selection of her earliest experimental films, made from 1970-76. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Kristen Gallerneaux, Curator of Communications & Information Technology at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. 

About Lillian Schwartz

Though she began her career drawing and painting, Schwartz’s practice increasingly embraced the expanding possibilities of new forms and technologies. Her kinetic sculpture Proxima Centauri (1968) made waves when it was included in the influential exhibition “The Machine at The End of Mechanical Age,” presented at MoMA and then in Houston at the Rice Museum. As a resident artist at Bell Laboratories, Schwartz began combining different techniques and technologies to create unique, fast-moving, and eye-popping abstract films.  

Note: These films contain flashing images that may cause discomfort or trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.