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Blue Moment by Louva E. Irvine

Guggenheim director Thomas M. Messer and filmmaker Louva E. Irvine on the ramp of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, circa 1976

Guggenheim director Thomas M. Messer and filmmaker Louva E. Irvine on the ramp of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, circa 1976. Event records (A0063). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York

What happens when the presenters of art become the art themselves? The seven minute black, white, and blue Super 8 film Blue Moment, filmed in 1976 by Louva E. Irvine and starring former Guggenheim Museum director Thomas M. Messer, attempts to answer this question. Irvine records Messer’s movements while he attends an art opening, following him down the Guggenheim’s ramp and into the crowd of attendees. Irvine edited the film while it was in the camera and used fast and slow speeds, pixilation, and a step-framed printing process to form her piece. A press released described the film and its creator in this way, “Blue Moment transcends portraiture or mere documentation of a museum director’s activities. It is a cinematographic recording of movements and energies through time and space… Ms. Irvine utilizes film like clay; she creates with celluloid a kinetic sculpture of modulating forms and textures.” Blue Moment is part of the Guggenheim archives Film collection.