“Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom”

The avant-garde cinema of Stan VanDerBeek consists of cut-out animation, collages and computer technology. While the surreal films encourage memories of whacked-out acid trips, they have biting messages of social and political critique.

The exhibit “Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom” covers three decades of VanDerBeek’s career, and begins with his abstract paintings, watercolors and photographs. It then makes its way into his hypnotic films, showing his progression from stop-motion animation to computer-generated graphics.

This encompassing view of VanDerBeek’s life’s work is his first full museum survey. VanDerBeek’s Breathdeath is a black comedy that makes commentary on Cold War politics through the combination of found footage, filmed sequence and collage. It includes newspapers and cut up photos of cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Richard Nixon which are drawn on and manipulated.

There’s an opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. on May 13. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs-days; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Through July 10. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 13. Continues through July 10, 2011

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