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December 6, 2010 – March 27, 2011 (new closing date)
Location: Lower Level
The Black Box theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.
December 6, 2010-March 27, 2011
The works of Hans Op de Beeck (Belgian, b. 1969) encompasses sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, photography, video, animated film, and short story writing.
Staging Silence (2009, 22 min): In each chilly setting of this film, initial perceptions of the scene are disrupted by lighting effects and the intrusion of human hands that tinker with elements of the handmade scenery, which quickly transforms from the real to the surreal. Beeck's scenes, accompanied by Serge Lacroix's score, take on the playfulness of slapstick and the suspense of film noire.