On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller

On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller

Photo courtesy of Jeff McLane A film by Marjorie Keller plays in the first floor bathroom


Saturdays, Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11 2016

Location Info:

Gamble House
4 Westmoreland
Pasadena, CA  91103
Experimental filmmaker Marjorie Keller’s shorts have a fragmented, magically domestic aura. They’re installed throughout the historic Gamble House in Pasadena currently — a collaged-together home video in which children dance in a driveway plays in the dimly lit living room — alongside the work of 18 other artists. Alika Cooper and Anna Mayer, both artists, put the show together with the support of L.A. non-profit LAND, because they’d been inspired by Keller’s work. The majority of the work is by women. A thin, loopy papier-mâché-and-steel creature by Trulee Grace Hall winds its way around the master bedroom. On the screened in porch, a 1968 video by Kartemquin Films shows nuns preparing to ask random Chicagoans, “Are you happy?” And in the dining room, a film by the late Chantal Akerman, a contemporary of Keller’s, plays: a small apartment is shown in intimate detail, the color palette of each frame beautifully resonating with Mrs. Gamble’s design sensibility. The house becomes a key character in this show, which is very much about how to navigate and understand personal space.


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