Please join us for a special night of film and music with the premier of Miami Beach Elegy, a new film by Chip Lord, and a live performance by guitarist Hayden Pedigo. Lord and Pedigo partnered in 2016 to collaborate on the film Greetings from Amarillo, and Pedigo’s album of the same name will be released in June, 2017. Lord’s new film, Miami Beach Elegy, is a 32 minute visual poem of the south Florida beach city, and his exploration of the effects of rising sea levels. An additional screening of Greetings from Amarillo will precede Pedigo’s performance, along with a reception in Rena Bransten Gallery.
Chip Lord grew up in 1950’s America, a place that has been a continual source of inspiration in his work as an artist. Trained as an architect, he was a founding partner of Ant Farm in 1968. With Ant Farm he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas, and the House of the Century, outside Houston.
His work blends documentary and experimental practice and moves between video, photography and installation. He often collaborates with other artists. Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule]’ a collaboration with Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb, revisits Ant Farm’s 1970 Media Van and brings it into the 21st Century. The installation posits a “post-internal combustion vehicle’ as a space for networking around a “Media Huqquh” and in the process creates digital time capsules. An abiding interest in the culture of transportation systems inspired The Executive Air Traveler, 1980, a photo series, updated to Airspaces, 2000 – 2011 and To & From LAX, a public video installation in 2010. Lord authored Automerica for E.P. Dutton in 1977 and the car as subject also drives MOTORIST, Road Movie, and The New Cars, 2012.
Chip Lord’s work has been exhibited and published widely and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the FRAC Centre, the Pompidou Centre, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Film & Digital Media, U.C. Santa Cruz, and lives in San Francisco.
Hayden Pedigo is a young guitarist and composer from Amarillo, Texas. Growing up in a small town, the son of a Baptist preacher, Pedigo spent most of his youth listening to records and playing guitar. His intricately layered, delicate, and powerful songs show a musical depth uncanny for someone so young. Greetings from Amarillo, his new album released on Driftless Recordings, is an homage to his hometown, inspired by the dusty open Texas panhandle landscape, and is the soundtrack to Chip Lord's video of the same name. Pedigo has been profiled in Vogue, NPR’s All Songs Considered, and Texas Monthly. His recent collaborations with Chip Lord have included live accompaniment to video sequences at the Dallas Videofest, Dallas, Texas, and at Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a forthcoming screening at The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.