La Raison Avant La Passion (1969)

Artist on Fire: The Films of Joyce Wieland

La Raison Avant La Passion

Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 7:00pm

One of Canada’s most prominent and influential female artists, Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) is long overdue for a re-evaluation of her visual art and her stunning film work in the United States. Along with her then-husband Michael Snow, Wieland was a major figure of the New York experimental film scene in the 1960s, but although her work sometimes corresponded with the concerns of “structural film,” her playfulness and overt political concerns set her apart from other major filmmakers of the period. A powerful feminist voice that celebrated the domestic and the feminine, and a Canadian whose work sought to illuminate specific elements of a national identity, Wieland was often misunderstood or ignored by American critics. This retrospective of her film work concludes tonight with a rare screening of her feature-length La Raison Avant La Passion (1969).

"Reason Over Passion is Joyce Wieland's major film so far. With its many eccentricities, it is a glyph of her artistic personality; a lyric vision tempered by an aggressive form and a visionary patriotism mixed with ironic self parody. It is a film to be seen many times." - P. Adams Sitney, Film Culture

(Joyce Wieland, 1968-1969, 16mm, 80min, Film-makers Coop)

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