Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde Highlights Experimental Animation By Paul Glabicki


On April 11, the third and final installment of the of the micro-cinema series Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde will showcase a variety of rarely seen experimental works for Anxious Optics: The Experimental Animations of Paul Glabicki.

Curated by Ben Ogrodnik, the program features a selection of 16mm animated shorts from the 1970s-1990s by Pittsburgh-based animator and multidisciplinary artist, Paul Glabicki, as well as Robert Breer, Barry Spinello, Paul Sharits, and Adam Beckett. As described on the website, Anxious Optics “widens the focus to the community of artists investigating film alongside Glabicki, situating him in the pioneering ‘New York School’ animators of the 1970s and 1980s who championed abstraction over photorealism, structure, and shape over spontaneous creation.”


Still from Red Fence

The films include:

● Recreation (Robert Breer, 1954)
● Colored Relations (Barry Spinello, 1970)
● T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, (Paul Sharits, 1968)
● Diagram Film (Paul Glabicki, 1978)
● Evolution of the Red Star (Adam Beckett, 1973)
● Scanning (Paul Glabicki, 1976)
● Under the Sea (Paul Glabicki, 1989)
● Red Fence [excerpt] (Paul Glabicki, 1999)


Screenshot from T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G,

* Please note: This screening contains works with psychedelic imagery and stroboscopic flicker effects, which may induce seizures in some viewers.

Anxious Optics: The Experimental Animations of Paul Glabicki takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. A discussion with Glabicki and Bill Judson, former curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art Film and Video Department, will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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