Presentation House Gallery
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North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

Ruscha & Bismuth: Miracles and Missing Pieces

Pierre Bismuth, Where is Rocky II? 2016, DCP, 93 min

May 31, 2017

at The Cinematheque

7 PM The Films of Ed Ruscha

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha has made only three (rarely-shown) films, all dating from near the start of his career. Recently unearthed and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Books of Ed Ruscha features Ruscha’s childhood friend, musician and comedy writer Mason Williams, knocking back sundowners on a patio as he solemnly incants and irreverently manhandles the limited-edition art objects of the film’s title. Ruscha’s second film, Premium, a self-parody of the artist as a young man, starring L.A. artist Larry Bell, is a filmic adaptation of his photobook Crackers, based on a short story by Williams. The last film, Miracle, has artist Jim Ganzer playing an auto-mechanic who undergoes a metamorphosis while repairing the carburetor of a ’65 Ford Mustang


The Books of Ed Ruscha | 1968-69, 16mm, 38 mins
Premium | 1971, video, 24 min
Miracle | 1975, video, 28 min


9 PM Where is Rocky II?

France/Germany/Belgium/Italy Dir: Pierre Bismuth, DCP, 93 mins

In 1979, Ruscha allegedly made a fake rock out of resin and hid it among real ones somewhere in California’s vast Mojave Desert. Named Rocky II after the Sylvester Stallone film, the work is never spoken about publicly nor is it listed in any catalogue of his work. Obsessed with this mystery piece, French artist Pierre Bismuth, in his directorial debut, hired a private detective and set out to find it.


Co-produced by Presentation House Gallery and The Cinematheque


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