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Still from Jesse Lerner's Ruins, 1999
Sunday, January 23, 2011
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and writer Jesse Lerner—whose films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum—discusses the persistence of ancient Mexican visual culture in the modern imagination and as a theme that runs through his work.

Lerner's short films Magnavoz (2006), T.S.H. (2004), and Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling) and feature length documentaries Atomic Sublime (2010), The American Egypt (2001), Ruins (1999), and Frontierland (1995, with Rubén Ortiz Torres) have won prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America, and Japan. He has curated film and photography exhibitions for the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo in Oaxaca. His books include F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth's Undoing (University of Minnesota Press, coedited with Alexandra Juhasz), The Shock of Modernity (Turner), and the forthcoming The Maya of Modernism (University of New Mexico Press).