NIGHT REELS – A cinematic exhibition by Stacey Steers – from August 19 to October 17 at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Night Hunter © Stacey Steers

After being presented at the prestigious George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, NIGHT REELS, an exhibition by artist and filmmaker Stacey Steers, is coming to the Cinémathèque québécoise. The cinematic exhibition and installation features works by the American artist based on her last three films: Phantom Canyon (2006), Night Hunter (2011) and Edge of Alchemy (2017). In a mystical, dreamlike setting, where stargazing meets the magic of proto-cinema, the exhibition/triptych will be presented in the Norman McLaren and Raoul Barré spaces from August 19 to October 17.

Using animated films, handcrafted collages, sculptures and astronomical instruments, Stacey Steers explores the world of cinema and the history of its technology, imagination and icons. She also pays tribute to great women from the early days of film, such as Lillian Gish and Janet Gaynor, situating them in surrealistic and naturalistic settings inspired by 19th century engravings. The resulting compositions are surreal and dreamlike.

ABOUT STACEY STEERS

Stacey Steers is known for her animated films composed of thousands of drawings on paper and handmade collages. Her recent films use images from old cinematic sources, from which she constructs original experimental narratives.

Steers’ animated shorts have been screened worldwide and won numerous awards. Her films have been selected for Sundance, Telluride, Rotterdam, Locarno and New Directors/New Films (New York), and have been screened at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) and the MoMA. A retrospective of her films was shown at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Recently, Steers started making installations that link three-dimensional objects from her imagination with film clips, creating a new context for experiencing her cinematic work. She lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

A retrospective of shorts by Stacey Speers will accompany the NIGHT REELS exhibition, as will a program of films chosen by the artist. At our invitation, she has selected five feature films that made an indelible impression on her, from Sunrise by F.W. Murnau (1927) to L’esprit de la ruche by Victor Erice (1973).

For more information on the installation, visit cinematheque.qc.ca

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