Anthology Film Archives


January 20 – March 31

Living in an era defined more by complex systems than by material things, and increasingly mediated by the digital, how are we touched by the objects we can still touch? THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE explores the question through programs about the emotional response of artists to objects; the Americana that buttresses national ideas of mobility and entrepreneurship; the transformation of objects into artworks; the checkpoints erected by prisons and airport customs; the efforts of young people to continually redefine signifiers of rebellion; and the hidden history of efforts to discipline and control giving birth. Through these programs, the series mines the complex interplay between design, desire, and daily life.

Programmed by Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez.

This project is a collaboration with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and made possible with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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