"Anthology of American Folk Music" inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

The tremendous cultural influence of Harry Smith's landmark "Anthology of American Folk Music" has been celebrated by its inclusion as 2012 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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A Tribute to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

Columbia City Theater

Seattle, WA

November 25, 2011

American Standard Time, Ball of Wax and the Seattle Folk Festival presented "A Tribute to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music"

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The Filmmaker's Cooperative Benefit Concert

Filmmaker's Cooperative

New York, NY

November 16, 2011

This benefit concert for the Filmmaker's Cooperative featured live musical performances by Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson and a screening of films by Smith, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs and others.

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4th Annual Harry Smith Festival

Elk Creek Café and Ale Works

Millheim, PA

November 6, 2011

Elk Creek Café and Ale Works and Chicken Tractor Deluxe host the 4th Annual Harry Smith Festival with bands performing music from Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. Proceeds will benefit the Penns Valley Hope Fund.

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Visionary Animation: A series of influential films by experimental American Animators

BFI Southbank

Southbank, London, England

November 1, 2011

The BFI presents a series of films by Harry Smith, Stan Vanderbeek, Lawrence Jordan and Robert Breer, introduced by curator Adam Pugh.

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The Old Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

Warsaw Film Festival

Warsaw, Poland

October 7-16, 2011

The Warsaw Film Festival is pleased to present a screening of Rani Singh's documentary The Old Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.


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Silent Film Night: Heaven and Earth Magic by Harry Smith

APK Live

London, Ontario

August 18, 2011

APK Live presents a screening of Heaven and Earth Magic with live musical accompaniment by Ian Doig Phaneuf (A Person Disguised as People), Patrick Cahill (The riderless) and Jeremy Ive (A Priori, Exit 2012).

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Visions: Animation and Abstraction, 1908 to 1994

Northwest Film Forum

Seattle, Washington

August 10, 2011

The Northwest Film Forum, Sprocket Society and Third Eye Cinema proudly present Visions: Animation and Abstraction, 1908 to 1994. This program includes an array of masterworks of experimental animation including works by Len Lye, Harry Smith, Robert Breer and Mary Ellen Bute.

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The Unfinished Film

The Gladstone Gallery

New York, New York

June 24 - July 29, 2011

This exhibition, curated by Thomas Beard, examined what can be learned from fragmented and unfinsihed cinema works. The intermedial array included works by Harry Smith, Ken Jacobs, Joseph Cornell, Maya Deren and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

Barbican Art Gallery

London, England

July 28, 2011

Writers Alan Moore and Edwin Pouncey provided live musical accompaniment to a screening of Harry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic, as part of the Barbican Gallery's Watch Me Move: The Animation Show exhibtion.

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Harry Smith: "The Paracelsus of the Chelsea Hotel" 

Mara Goldwyn recently published the article Harry Smith: The Paracelsus of the Chelsea Hotel in the online magazine Nework Awesome.

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Harry Smith, Unpublished Footage

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Paris, France

May 25, 2011

Screening of Early Abstractions and rare, unpublished footage.

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Anthology Related Building Listed as Historic

For the first time, a building has been officially designated as historic mainly based on a connection to Harry Smith's Anthology.

Music researcher Kurt Gegenhuber discovered in 2006 that a Saint Paul, MN, theater was once the Victoria CAfe, whose 1927 house band recorded "Moonshine Dance Part One," familiar from the Anthology.

When the Victoria was threatened in 2009, local residents asked Gegenhuber to seek historic status for the structure. The Saint Paul city council voted unanimously, on April113, 2011, to list the Victoria as a Historic Preservation Site.

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Special Issue of Bombay Gin


The newest issue of the Naropa's Press journal Bombay Gin is devoted to the Anthology of American Folk Music. This special issue includes work by Greil Marcus, Amiri Baraka,the Fugs and Allen Ginsberg.


Harry Smith Program

Anthology Film Archives, New York

New York, New York

May 26, 2011 7:30

Anthology Film Archives presents an evening of films by Harry Smith, including Early Abstractions, Mirror Animations, Late Superimpositions and Oz, The Tin Woodman's Dream.

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New Directions in Animation: Harry Smith and Storm de Hirsch

Max Palevsky Cinema, University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

April 25, 2011

An evening of avant-garde films from the 1960s including Heaven and Earth Magic, Peyote Queen and Third Eye Butterfly.

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Abstract Expressionism and Film

Museum of Modern Art, New York

New York, New York

February 13- April 23, 2011

MOMA presents six programs of films inpsired by the New York School in conjunction with the Abstract Expressionist New York exhibition. Screenings include Alfred Leslie's Pull My Daisy, Shirley Clarke's The Cool World and films by  the Whitney Brothers. Harry Smith's Early Abstractions will screen with the animation program.


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