As early as the 1930s, inventive artists began using the medium of film to fuse the visual art forms of abstract painting and collage with the rhythms, melodies and improvisations of jazz music. For this special program, guest curator Peter Lucas will speak about the history of visual music and jazz, and screen rarely seen films made between the 1930s and 1960s by pioneering film artists Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Harry Smith, and Hy Hirsh–all made with jazz soundtracks. The colors, patterns, textures and kinetic collages of these historic films create a vibrant visual jazz experience.

Films include Kaleidoscope and Colour Flight, Mirror Animations, Autumn Spectrum, La Coleur de la Forme and Scratch Pad.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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