Ruscha + Bismuth: Miracles and Missing Pieces

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Presentation House Gallery is screening three rarely shown 16mm films made by LA artist Ed Ruscha, along with a new documentary that investigates a mysterious work the artist may have made.

7 PM The Films of Ed Ruscha
Ruscha’s three films were all made near the start of his career. Recently unearthed and restored, The Books of Ed Ruscha (1968-9) features his childhood friend, musician and comedy writer Mason Williams, rough-handling these limited edition art objects. Ruscha’s second film, Premium (1971), is a self-parody of the artist as a young man, starring L.A. artist Larry Bell, in a filmic adaptation of his photobook Crackers. The last film, Miracle (1975), has artist Jim Ganzer playing an auto-mechanic who undergoes a metamorphosis while repairing the carburetor of a ’65 Ford Mustang.
Running time: approx. 90 mins
9 PM Where is Rocky II?
In 1976, American artist Ed Ruscha allegedly made a fake boulder out of resin and hid it among real ones somewhere in the Mojave Desert. Named Rocky II after the Sylvester Stallone film, the artwork is never spoken about publicly nor is it listed in any catalogue of Ruscha's work. In this noirish documentary, Pierre Bismuth (Academy Award–winning writer of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) hires an LA private detective to find the fake rock as mystery ensues.
Running time: 93 minutes

Co-produced by Presentation House Gallery and The Cinematheque

The screening takes place at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
Tickets are on sale now at The Cinematheque and on their website ( For information call 604 688 3456

Photo credits: ©Pierre Bismuth. Courtesy of the artist, Jan Mot Gallery, and Mongrel Media. ©Ed Ruscha. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

Image Gallery: 

Ed Ruscha, still from Miracle



Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 19:30
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue
    BC V7M 3G9   North Vancouver, British Columbia
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