Reclamation Film Series

June 15-September 8, 2018

Films ongoing in the West Gallery: Reclamation 
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Rachel Moore- Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Image: Sonejuhi Sinha's "Love Comes Later"

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Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ Film Series in the West Gallery
Curated by Rachel Moore in collaboration with partnering organizations

We are pleased to present film screenings that related thematically to the exhibition and are directed, edited by, and/or star women. These short and feature length films will be looping throughout the course of the exhibition an will change on a weekly basis.


On view this week: Selections from "Drawing From The Body" by Molly Davies

is an installation which is part of the performance “Drawing From The Body”, a piece by Polly Motley, with video collaboration by Molly Davies. The video is manipulated close up images from a live feed during a performance. The sound track is a composition by Beth Coleman.

is an installation which is a part of the performance “Drawing From The Body”. Dressing shows three close ups of the dancer putting on men’s clothes. Starting with the left monitor, adding the center and
right, three different gestures are repeated three times. Beth Coleman arranged the sound so that each monitor has its own element, which accumulates into a whole.


Previous weeks' content:

 3 Artists: Shorts by Molly Davies

 A BIT OF SAGE, 8:38
Sage Cowles was a former dancer. She advocated for the arts and the value of physical development in education. She and her husband, John Jr., supported the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center and the local dance community -- which named its annual awards program after her.

The Cowles Conservatory in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota's Jane Sage Cowles Stadium for softball reflect the breadth and depth of their belief in community service. As a young student with the Martha Graham Company, she met Merce Cunningham, which
led to a lifelong relationship. Cowles danced, raised children and maintained an active civic life through the 1950s and '60s.

In the mid 1970s, she collaborated with filmmaker Molly Davies on six film/performance pieces that toured the United States and Europe. In 2005, she and Davies made a reconstruction of the original pieces. This version, called "Space Time and Illusion," was performed by Sage at the age of 80. Philip Bither, performing arts curator at the Walker Arts Center described this work as, “Ahead of it’s time in the mix of media and movement.”

She and her husband created a stir in the early 1990s when they danced nude in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance piece "Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land." The Cowles' performances raised eyebrows around the country, but their old friend Martin Friedman, former head of the Walker, had said that he felt it was about the art. "Once they are convinced of artistic merit, nothing will stop them."

PAT’S PIECE, 13:28

Pat Steir is painter who lives and works in New York. Steir’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art among many others.

Though with her early work Steir was loosely allied with Conceptual Art and Minimalism, she is best-recognized for dripped, splashed and poured “waterfall” paintings which she first started in the late 1980s. Steir’s continuous search for the essence of painting guided her to John Cage, whom she met in 1980, and Agnes Martin. From Cage, Steir learned the importance of “non-doing,” the role of chance, and the separation of ego. Martin showed her the “magic” of work in which the artist “invest[ed] their spirit into an object.” Both lessons found direction in Steir’s poured paint paintings: paint, once applied, flows downwards, its serendipitous path routed by its own unpredictable journey. Steir intentionally removes herself from the action allowing gravity, time and the environment to determine the work’s result. She positions nature and its elemental forces as active participants. In this vein, Steir is also profoundly influenced by Chinese painting traditions and techniques, especially the inky marks of the 8th and 9th century Yi-pin “ink-splashing” painters, and Taoist philosophy’s aspiration for harmonious, unfettered connections between man, nature and the cosmos.


Jackie Matisse, granddaughter of Henri Matisse and daughter of Pierre Matisse who had a famous gallery in New York, was born in 1931.

She started working alongside Marcel Duchamp, and then worked with artists as different as the composer David Tudor, the dancer Merce Cunningham, filmmaker Molly Davies and her friends from the Nouveaux Réalistes movement. Her works, essentially kites, composed of light material and recycled objects, are both heteroclite and unexpected.

In 2013, she had a retrospective at Musée Matisse du Cateau-Cambrésis, France.

Jackie Matisse’s sensitive, free-minded, lush world is perfectly described by the artist herself: “My artistic activity enabled me to explore the elements and to indulge in my fascination with space, movement and chance, either in the air or below water. Watching and making the kites fly brought me a feeling of freedom, a means of collaborating with others and with nature, and an open door to the immensity of life through my vision.”

Women and Age

In the Night I Remember Your Name
Directed by Vicki Speegle

Directed by Joey Alley

Love Comes Later
Directed by Zoe Salicruo Junco

Directed by Mikaela Martin & Richard Vallejos

Written and directed by Kira Akerman

Women and Family

These Colors Don't Run
Written and Directed by Via Bia

January Hymn
Directed by Katherine Canty

Economic/Class/Societal Diversity Amongst Women

On the Verge
Directed by Jessica King, choreographed by Paige Calderella

The Furies
Directed by Jessica King, choreographed by Paige Calderella, Kaitlyn Webster, and Erin Kilmurray

Written/directed by Veronique Vanblaere; Produced by Jen West


Women in the Workplace

The Last Shift
Directed by Roja Gashtili and Julia Learman

Joy Joy Nails
Directed by Joey Alley

Love Comes Later
Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha

Station 15
Directed by Kira Akerman

Best Thing You'll Ever Do
Directed by Monica West


Women in Relationships

Directed byJoey Alley

Directed by Puppett

Fck Yes: Threesome
Directed by Jessica King

Directed by Karishma Dube

Suicide Kale
Directed by Carly Usdin

The first six weeks of films are presented by Stowe Story Labs and Seed&Spark.
Many thanks to...
Katerina Eichenberger, Actor and Administrative and Operations Support for Stowe Story Labs

Julie Keck, Writer/filmmaker/Head of Education and Outreach for Seed&Spark
Carrie Wachob, Stowe Story Labs, Seattle-based writer and video editor
Melody Cooper, Writer and Director
Molly O'Keefe, Senior Director, Artist Program at Tribeca Film Institute

 Thank you to our partnering organizations:



Exhibition Sponsors


Education Sponsors


     Media Partners