The (Moving) Pictures Generation

The Cinematic Impulse in Downtown New York Art and Film

  • Authors
  • Vera Dika

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. (Moving) Pictures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vera Dika
      Pages 3-22
    3. Joseph Cornell, Edison Company, Andy Warhol, Jack Goldstein
      Pages 23-32
    4. Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman
      Pages 33-51
    5. Vera Dika
      Pages 53-68
  3. Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Vera Dika
      Pages 71-85
    3. Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Nan Goldin
      Pages 87-115
  4. Narrative Expectations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman
      Pages 119-139
    3. Eric Mitchell, Kathryn Bigelow, Lizzie Borden
      Pages 141-151
  5. The Cinematic Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Paul Swan, Eric Bogosian
      Pages 155-165
    3. Louise Lawler, Ericka Beckman
      Pages 167-178
  6. Downtown and the Mainstream

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Bigelow
      Pages 181-203
  7. Conclusion and Continuation

    1. Julian Schnabel, Ericka Beckman, Jack Goldstein, Amos Poe
      Pages 205-210
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-245

About this book


Beginning in the late 1970's, a number of visual artists in downtown New York City returned to an exploration of the cinematic. They engaged cinematic movement, time, and the body in their work, and did so across mediums - utilizing not only film, but sculpture, drawing, photography, and performance. The cinematic impulse was evidenced in the high art of Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo, and Cindy Sherman, and in the film practices of "No Wave" filmmakers Amos Poe and Vivienne Dick, and the feature films of Kathryn Bigelow. Vera Dika considers the work within a greater cultural context and probes for a deeper understanding of the practice.


Andy Warhol body cinema corpus culture expectation film New York performance transformation understanding William James

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