Durham Press would like to congratulate James Nares on the New York premiere of his newest film Street, opening tomorrow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The incredibly beautiful 61 minute high-definition video captures a vivid glimpse of New York street life. The film will be shown continuously on a large screen in the central gallery of the Museum’s Drawings, Prints, and Photographs Galleries from March 5th through May 27th. The exhibition will also include 60 works of art selected by Nares from the Met’s collections that also capture the spirit of the street. If you are in New York, do go see it, it’s wonderful!
To view a clip of the film – CLICK HERE
Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, said of the film:
“James Nares’ Street is a microcosm of contemporary New York that makes accessible the countless individual moments, gestures, and interactions that are normally too fleeting to take in all at once. Because its underlying subject is people, Street is also fascinating to view in a historical context. The relevant works of art that Nares selected from across the Met’s vast holdings range from a striding figure made in Sumer around 3000 B.C. to Walker Evans’ jars of pull tabs and bottle caps pocketed off the sidewalk. These works are eclectic and often surprising, and provide a true lesson in close looking across geographic and temporal boundaries.”
Inspired by a genre of film known as “Actuality Films” from the turn of the twentieth century, James said this of his film, “The camera sees in the same way as a little baby sees, without judgment. It’s just the eyes open, and it takes it in. And in those films and in my films, there are people who clown for the camera, or just stare, or look embarrassed. Whatever it is, there are occasional connections between the people being filmed and the person filming. It draws you back into the present and connects you as the viewer with the people being viewed, in a nice way….My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity…a film to be viewed 100 years from now.”