M-2 Special Program: Shelly SILVER: The Changing and Unchanging 2

2works 63min(3works 80min at Yokohama Museum of Art)

Spiral Hall(TOKYO):8/12 18:00
Kyoto Art Center(KYOTO):8/22 16:30
Yokohama Museum of Art(YOKOHAMA):9/17 16:30
Aichi Arts Center(NAGOYA):9/28 16:30

37 Stories About Leaving Home


digital / 52min. / 1996 / USA

In this award winning documentary, Shelly Silver presents an intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women ranging in age from 15 to 82, talking about their lives, families and society. In these stories one can begin to see, from very personal and individual perspectives, the societal changes that have occurred over the last three generations for women in Japan, bringing an exciting and often conflicting array of choices and positions. Many of the stories revolve around the relationships these grandmothers, mothers and daughters have with each other, filled with respect, rebellion, loss and love.
Mixing childhood memories, frank statements, epic events and quotidian details; the film bears witness to the strength of these women and the difficulty of their choices, as they navigate between personal needs and familial and societal pressures.
The interviews are framed by a traditional Japanese folktale; a magical and somewhat shocking narrative of a mother’s search for her abducted daughter, kidnapped by a monster on the eve of her wedding.

“Subtle and insightful…highlighting the competing demands of tradition and personal freedom. Silver presents a remarkable portrait of a culture about to experience seismic social change.” –– Steven Bode, National Film Theatre, London

“A beautiful film.” –– Margarethe von Trotta


The Lamps


digital / 11min. / 2017 / USA

The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven né Plotz, was an unsung member of the Dada Movement. A poet, artist, runaway, and all around public provocateur, she actively did not fit into her historical moment, and like most misfits, suffered for it. Some researchers believe that the Baroness was the artist behind Fountain, the ready-made urinal attributed to Marcel Duchamp.
The Lamps details her trip to the Naples Archeological Museum in the early 1900’s where she breaks into ‘Il Gabinetto Segretto,’ a secret room filled with erotic objects from Pompeii.
“The Baroness is not a futurist. She is the future.” –– Marcel Duchamp

Meet the People

*Screening only at Yokohama Museum of Art


digital / 17min. /1986(Yokohama Museum of Art Collections)