Harry Smith's "Mahagonny" film at the Whitney Museum
Last Edit: singleticket 08:06 pm EST 11/20/23
Posted by: singleticket07:55 pm EST 11/20/23
For fans of the Weill opera, Harry Smith's rarely seen 1970 film is at the Whitney show linked below. It is non-narrative, the screen is split into four frames and it is set to the entirety of the 1956 Brückner-Rüggeberg recording with Lotte Lenya. Much of the footage is "portraits" of the denizens of the Chelsea Hotel including Alan Ginsberg and Patti Smith (although I didn't catch her). I quite enjoyed the part I saw and the show's curator Carol Bove has created a rather sensual aural-sculptural seating arrangement to soak in the trippiness.