2002

October

New York Blues: Rags, Ballads and Harmonium Songs
Allen Ginsberg recorded by Harry Smith
Smithsonian Folkways recording reissued on CD by Locust Music



September

Smith's paintings exhibited at the James Cohan Gallery
The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward:
Selected works by Harry Smith, Philip Taaffe and Fred Tomaselli

September 10 - October 19, 2002
James Cohan Gallery
41 West 57th Street

catalogue
New York Times review

Film #18, Mahagonny to screen at Anthology Film Archives
John Zorn to headline two shows celebrating Smith

press release
New York Times review
Village Voice Review


July

National Public Radio celebrates the 50th Anniversary
of the Anthology of American Folk Music

www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/jul/anthology/index.html


May

The Getty Research Institute presents Harry Smith's Film #18, Mahagonny
Film Screening, Symposium, and Patti Smith Performance
May 30th and 31st, 2002 at The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Filmmaker, anthropologist, painter, and musicologist Harry Smith worked on Film # 18, Mahagonny, his final film, for over ten years and considered it his magnum opus. His cinematic transformation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's caustically satirical opera is an allegory that explores human needs and desires amid the rituals of daily life in New York City. The film is a collage composed from a variety of film genres, intercutting portraits of important avantgarde figures, New York City landmarks, and Smith's visionary animation.

The film, newly preserved by the Harry Smith Archives and Anthology Film Archives, will be presented along with a one-day symposium that will investigate the various paths of Smith's creative universe. Patti Smith (who appears in the film) and her band will appear in concert at the Getty Center to cap off the day's events. The symposium is part of the Getty Research Institute's 2001-2002 theme "Frames of Viewing: Experience, Perception, Judgment."

Details and Reservation Information
Symposium Statement


film still from Mahagonny

 

April

The Writing of America: Literature and Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present
by Geoff Ward

This new book includes a chapter on Harry Smith: "Going Fishing: Harry Smith, the Anthology of American Folk Music, and the Fan"


January

Granta.com
"American Folk," by Greil Marcus

Gadlfly Online
"Hypnotist Collector: The Alchemy of Harry Smith," by Darrin Daniel


2003