Chamber Films

Maya Deren

New York: The Living Theatre, 1961. Original flyer for an exhibition of six films by Maya Deren held on February 20 and 27, 1961 at the Bleecker Street Cinema, and March 6 and 13, 1961 at The Living Theater. The flyer notes that music for two of the films, "Meshes in the Afternoon" and "The Very Eye of the Night" was composed by Teiji Ito. Ephemera related to Deren's work as a pioneering avant garde filmmaker is rare.

The recto of the flyer describes the concept of "chamber films," likening Deren's films to the lyrical, abstract, and economical style of chamber music "save that the idiom is visual and the instrument is the motion picture camera." With brief biographies of Deren and Ito, as well as blurbs about Deren's films on the verso, including ones from Jonas Mekas and Joseph Campbell.

11 x 8.5 inches. Very Good plus. Manuscript red pencil circling Teijo Ito's name on the verso. Two inch jagged closed tear to the left edge, with glue stains to the lower corner of the recto and verso where a 2.5 x 3.75 inch paper (present but detached) announcing The Living Theatre showing had been pasted over the Bleecker Street dates.

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