John James Audubon's New York farm, Minniesland, once occupied 40 wilderness acres of what is now the Washington Heights Neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. This cinematic tribute to the universal pastime of bird watching is a nod to the farmland that once comprised this region, Audubon's life work with birds, and the timeless current of artists' studies of wildlife. This screening will showcase artist-made short films and videos on birds and natural history in a variety of genres including performance, documentary, experimental, animation, audio works, and found footage. Includes works by Simone Bennett, Klara Hobza, Nina Katchadourian Emily Kuehn, Julia Oldham, and Dana Sherwood and the Black Forest Fancies, among others.
Andrea Grover is the founder of Aurora Picture Show, a nonprofit center for film, video, and new media in Houston, Texas. Grover dedicates her time to curating, promoting, and writing about artist-made film and video works, live cinema, and real-time video performance. Among her curatorial projects are a traveling screening of works by the late video pioneer, activist, and iconoclast Andy Mann (2005); a film screening, co-curated with the late Diane Shamash of Minetta Brook, New York, which featured films by James Benning, Peter Hutton, and Andy Warhol (2006); "Phantom Captain: Art and Crowdsourcing,"at apexart, New York (2006); and a series of screenings and public lectures for the exhibition "No Zoning" at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Presently she hosts a biannual screening series called Menil Movies, highlighting films and videos from the archive of The Menil Collection, Houston, and is co-curator and producer (with Sandra Percival) of the public art series "Confluence: Points of View on Buffalo Bayou."