Documentation

1975
Susan Mogul, Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter

In 1975, the Feminist Studio Workshop (I was a member) at the Woman’s Building in LA, the Women’s Interart Center in New York City, and another feminist organization in Washington DC, attempted to set up a video exchange among feminist art organizations. This was the first videoletter on our end. I don’t know if another one was ever made.

The videoletter is a tour of the Woman’s Building. Pam McDonald, with microphone in hand, another workshop member, and myself, served as guides through the building. It was shot with a black and white video portopack.

1990
Karen Finley: An Interview

Karen Finley is well known for her confrontational monologues, often performed in clubs and bars, which exploit the stereotype of the hysterical woman to address the sexual and political taboos associated with femininity. Using a variety of unusual props, such as Jello, chocolate syrup, stuffed animals, and glitter, Finley provokes her audience into thinking about a range of repressions and contradictions in contemporary society. She gained mainstream attention when Congress questioned her NEA funding in the early 1990s.

Interview by Tom Jaremba.

1989
Frame and Context: Richard Ross

Richard Ross discusses his interest in photographing museums—their display of objects, frames, the entire context—in order to question our definitions of the museum. The video also covers his ongoing series of triptychs made using a child’s plastic camera, which Ross turns into “art historical soap operas” by playing off the interactions of the groupings.

Only available on the Fellows of Contemporary Art compilation.

1970
Fred Hampton: Chant and Demonstration

Rare footage of a September 1970 rally honoring the late Fred Hampton, Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. One of the speakers leads the audience in a call and response.

1983
Tom Rubnitz, From the Files of the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge

From The Files of the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge is a series of video clips taken at the Pyramid Club, a seminal location for the East Village drag scene in the midst of the club's most influential years. While rummaging through a file cabinet full of event fliers from the Pyramid Club, an office worker in drag guides the viewer through video documentation of past performances at the club.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 1

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest during Global Day of Action, October 15, 2011.   An affinity group meets at the New York Public Library and marches to main demonstration at Times Square.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 10

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street movement protesters on November 17, 2011, three days after the destruction of the camp at Zuccotti Park.  Footage captures an evening rally at Foley Square and a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 2

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest at Times Square during Global Day of Action, October 15, 2011.   

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 3

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest at Zuccotti Park in New York City in late 2011.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 4

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park in the rain on October 19, 2011.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Joe Hunter, Guy Picciotto, Quotes from Eric Cantor, Herman Cain
Presented by DOC NYC and IFC Center. 

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 5

Impressions of Occupy Wall Street’s Liberty Square at night, shot in October of 2011.  Includes a General Assembly meeting about purchasing a new wi-fi tower for the encampment, and a first winter storm.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 6

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on October 24, 2011.  Newsreel captures a large General Assembly meeting and smaller working groups meeting in public atrium.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 7

 

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 2, 2011.  Newsreel captures Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans march and rally nad General Assembly guest speaker.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 8

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 15 and 16, 2011. Newsreel captures police raid on the park and its aftermath.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 9

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 17, 2011.  Newsreel captures the park on the morning of Occupy Wall Street Day of Action, two days after police raid on the encampement.