An Evening with Peter Hutton - At Sea

Declared the best avant-garde film of the decade, At Sea is ambitious and profound. A haunting meditation on human progress charting the life-cycle of a colossal container ship from creation through destruction, with a voyage across the Atlantic in between. The film will be screened in its true 16mm format, and will be followed by conversation and audience Q&A with the artist. This film is a part of the Film Form/Film Art series.

Peter Hutton’s work is intimate and powerful. It is ethnographic and avant-garde. It speaks of monumental themes in personal terms. Having begun his artistic explorations as a painter, sculptor, and student of the Hudson River School, his work with cinematography and film arts similarly uses landscape as subject. Hutton spent significant time working maritime as a merchant seaman, an era of his development he directly cites as essential in forming his process of looking – one that is visualized beautifully in At Sea. Hear the artist discuss this process in relation to the museum exhibition of Leonardo DaVinci’s Codex Leicester

Peter Hutton’s films, including Boston Fire (1979), Landscape (for Manon) (1986-7), Study of a River (1996-7), and Time and Tide (2000), are cinematic sculptures in light and time. His work has been featured in four Whitney Biennials, numerous international film festivals (including New York, Vienna, Rotterdam, and Toronto), and was honored in a 2008 MoMA retrospective. His is a recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships and from the Rockefeller Foundation, and has taught at CalArts, Hampshire College, and Harvard University. He currently teaches at Bard College.

Runtime: 60 mins

Cost: Free for Reel, Supporter, Sponsor, Patron, Circles Members; $7 for Contributor, Family, Dual, & Educator Members, students with valid ID; $12 nonmembers

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