***UPDATE: A video has been produced by local artist-videographer Rebecca Carlisle-Healy in conjunction with the Secret Society exhibition. This video is an exergue featuring commentary specifically related to but nevertheless distinct from the program of 16mm films to be screened at the end of the month. The video, which was commissioned specially for the Secret Society exhibition by curator Andrew Ritchey, will play on a continuous loop in the Secret Society screening room at Con-Way, NW 21st & Quimby.

Please make plans to see the video, while listening to the accompanying commentary, during the following open hours (September 13-22): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays 12-6:30pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10:30pm-late.***

For the better part of a century 16mm was the medium of choice for a coterie of artists dedicated to expanding the parameters of what was then called “film art.” This medium and its project are now historical. The works that remain are the dwindling trace of a once practicing Secret Society. That society was Cinema.

This exhibition presents a survey of 16mm film esoterica in four parts: Rebus, Number, Chronicles and Erotic Miscellany. The quality of the projection cannot be guaranteed. The artists will not be in attendance.

N.B.: For each of the four programs, the 3rd film will be unannounced. The programs of the Secret Society are for educational and informational purposes only. All patrons driven by other motives will be barred from the screening room at the start of each program.


Rebus (September 25, 6:00 p.m.)
Zorns Lemma (Hollis Frampton, 1970, 60 min.)


Number (September 26, 6:00 p.m.)
Future Perfect (Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren, 1978/80, 14 min.)

Time and a Half (James Benning, 1972, 17 min.)

The third film is unannounced.


Chronicles (September 27, 6:00 p.m.)
Duo Concertantes (Larry Jordan, 1964, 9 min.)

Theory of the Leisure Class (Paul Arthur, 1985, 8 min.)

The third film is unannounced.

1857 (Fool’s Gold) (R. Bruce Elder, 1981, 24 min.)

Taste It Nine Times (Jennifer Reeves, 1992, 5.5 min.)


Erotic Miscellany, Part I (September 28, 2:00 p.m.)
Soma Sema (Jeanne Liotta, 1988, 13 min.)

Oblivion (Tom Chomont, 1969, 4.25 min.)

The third film is unannounced.

Flesh of Morning (Stan Brakhage, 1956/86, 21 min.)

House of the White People (George Kuchar, 1968, 17.5 min.)

Blazes (Robert Breer, 1961, 3 min.)


Erotic Miscellany, Part II (September 29, 12:30 p.m.)
Soft Fiction (Chick Strand, 1979, 55 min.)