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Reflexive considerations on the historiography of artists' films can be usefully augmented by consideration of the nature of the institutions that organize and fund fi lm retrospectives and conferences. This essay considers two such events that took place in Los Angeles in fall 2010: 'Counter Culture/Counter Cinema', a celebration of the heritage of the New York Film-Makers' Cooperative, sponsored by the museum-real estate complex; and 'Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945–1980', Los Angeles's celebration of its own history, sponsored by the museum-academic complex.

Keywords: Alternative Projections; Counter- Cinema; Los Angeles; Paul Arthur; avant-garde film; exhibitions

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Southern California

Publication date: January 23, 2012

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  • The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first international peer-reviewed scholarly publication devoted to artists' film and video, and its contexts. It offers a forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists' moving image and media artworks: films, video installations, expanded cinema, video performance, experimental documentaries, animations, and other screen-based works made by artists. MIRAJ aims to consolidate artists' moving image as a distinct area of study that bridges a number of disciplines, not limited to, but including art, film, and media.
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