Ricardo, Van Sant, and Franco's Master Classes at MOMA PS1

Francisco J. Ricardo (Lecturer, Digital Media), RISD alumni Gus Van Sant, and current RISD student  James Franco are teaching  Master Classes during the month of August, 2011 in MOMA PS1’s Summer School. This new initiative includes lectures and discussions that bring students together to take part in a conversation around contemporary practice with artists, authors, musicians, curators, theorists, and scholars.

Modeled after European summer academies and especially relevant considering that MoMA PS1 used to be a school, Summer School makes the museum grounds a campus again with Master Classes taught by contemporary practitioners. The intimate space of the museum provides a setting for candid conversation, experimentation and practice. As a part of the program, students attending the first Master Class will be assigned “homework” for the subsequent sessions, establishing an ongoing, sustained dialogue between teachers and students, institution and visitor.

Franco and Van Sant recently collaborated on a film entitled “My Own Private River”, which will be installed in the main theater and played continuously during museum hours, beginning July 30th. “My Own Private River” is comprised of unused footage and dailies from Van Sant’s film “My Own Private Idaho”, and focuses on the character Mike, played by River Phoenix. The film is more observational and less linear than its original iteration, creating a dreamlike, more associative sensibility.

Additional films which inform the discourse of Summer School 2011 will also be on view, including Satantango (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) by Béla Tarr, Jeanne Dielman (1975) by Chantal Akerman, Stroszek (1977) by Werner Herzog, and other films by Gus Van Sant. Gus Van Sant (American, b. 1952) is an acclaimed film director and accomplished artist. His films include “Goodwill Hunting” (1997), “Finding Forester” (2000), and “Milk” (2008), among others. Vant Sant wrote the novel “Pink,” which was published in 1997 and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

James Franco (American, b. 1978) is an actor, filmmaker, writer and artist. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film “127 Hours,” has won a Teddy Award for his short film “Feast of Stephen” at the Berlin Film Festival, has published a collection of short stories titled Palo Alto: Stories, and has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Francisco J. Ricardo, Ph.D. is a media theorist and the founding editor of Continuum’s International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics book series.

Registering for Summer School
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is required prior to first class. Registering for Summer School is open to current art, poetry, film, writing, music and drama students beginning August 1st. Actual class dates and times between August 7th and 21st will be communicated during enrollment. Summer School is FREE of charge.

Francisco Ricardo, Gus Van Sant, James Franco, MOMA PS1, My Own Private River

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