October 8th, 2009
The HFA recently posted a number of preserved audio recordings from the Hollis Frampton Collection on Harvard’s online catalog, HOLLIS.
Filmmaker, photographer, and critic Hollis Frampton’s collection came to the HFA in 2003. From original artworks to invaluable audio recordings, this collection gives rare insight into the career and personality of one of the most important American avant-garde filmmakers. The recently digitized recordings document Frampton giving lectures, answering audience questions and engaging in lively debates after screenings of his own work throughout the late 1960s and mid 1970s.
The collection is currently available for use on site at the HFA’s conservation center and at the Fine Arts Library’s reading room. An online finding aid is in progress and will be posted to OASIS in the coming months. In the meantime, the preserved audio recordings can be accessed online by members of the Harvard community, and the entire collection can be accessed on site by following our research inquiry steps outlined on the HFA website.
In this example , Frampton can be heard lecturing at the Carnegie Institute on January 21st, 1971 as part of the Independent Filmmaker Series. Frampton’s films Surface Tension, Artificial Light, Zorns Lemma and (nostalgia) are discussed during the lecture and the question and answer period that follows.
The fifteen digitized and preserved recordings represent only a portion of the 1/4″ reel to reel tapes and cassette tapes in the Hollis Frampton Collection at the Harvard Film Archive. The Frampton Collection also includes photographic and xerographic art works made by Frampton, videotapes of television interviews with and shows about the artist, writings on Frampton by various authors from numerous magazines and newspapers, photographic slides picturing Frampton, letters written to Frampton, and paper materials corresponding to exhibitions of the artist’s work and that of his friends.