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Portrait of a Library: Josiah McElheny, Jeff Preiss, and Christine Burgin in Conversation

Watch Josiah McElheny, filmmaker Jeff Preiss, and publisher Christine Burgin in conversation on June 9, 2021, as they delve into Portrait of a Library, the four-channel film installation created through a multi-year long collaboration between McElheny and Preiss. The work layers an amalgamation of different types of moving imagery shot within Burgin's personal library—16mm footage, VHS footage, re-shot 16mm footage of the VHS imagery on a monitor and of 35mm slides projected on a screen—to create a hypnotic cinematic environment of a world that seems to exist in no time or place, but is also real.

Portrait of a Library is on view as part of Josiah McElheny’s solo exhibition Libraries, at 291 Grand St through Saturday, June 12, 2021. 

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