Schedule of Events
Symposium Schedule

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2001

9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Thomas Crow
Director, Getty Research Institute
9:15-9:45 AM Introduction
Rani Singh
Director, Harry Smith Archives
and Visiting Getty Scholar
"Harry Smith: An Ethnographic Modernist in America"
9:50 AM -12:30 PM Session I: Music  
Greil Marcus
Author of Lipstick Traces and Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
"Uncle Dave Macon: Agent of Satan?"
  Robert Cantwell
Adjunct Professor, American Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
and Author of When We Were Good
"Sound and Sense in Harry Smith"
  Percy Heath
Founder of Modern Jazz Quartet
In conversation with Rani Singh (performance presentation accompanied by pianist, Jebb Patton, & drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath)
"Harry Smith: Connecting Sound and Sight"
Anthony Seeger
Professor, Ethnomusicology
University of California, Los Angeles
  Session Panel: Marcus, Cantwell, Heath, Singh  
12:30-2:15 PM Lunch
Listening stations will be open in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium Lobby
2:20-4:20 PM Session II: Film  
P. Adams Sitney

Professor, Visual Arts
Princeton University
"Harry Smith and the Origins of Cinema"
  William Moritz
Professor, Film & Video
California Institute of the Arts
"Early Abstraction, California Films"
Jonas Mekas
Director, Anthology Film Archives
Annette Michelson
Professor, Cinema Studies
New York University
  Session Panel: Mekas, Sitney,  
7:30 PM Film Screening
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Films from the Harry Smith Archives
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Thomas Crow
Director, Getty Research Institute
9:15-11:30 AM Session III: Visual Arts and Literature

Thomas Crow
Director, Getty Research Institute
and Author of Intelligence of Art

"Old and In the Way: Vernacular Americana in the Advanced Visual Art of the 1950s"
  Stephen Fredman
Professor of English
Notre Dame University and
and Author of The Grounding of American Poetry: Charles Olson and the Emersonian Tradition
"Harry Smith and the Poets"
Luc Sante

Author of Evidence & Low Life: Lures
and Snares of Old New York
  Session Panel: Crow and Fredman  
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Lunch: Listening stations will be open in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium Lobby  
1:00-2:30 PM Closing Panel:  
Moderator: Thomas Crow
Panel: All presenters with special guests and respondents
2:30-2:40 PM Closing Remarks  
  Thomas Crow  
7:30 PM Concert
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Produced by: J. Paul Getty Museum
Performing Arts, and noted music producer Hal Willner


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center


Listening and Video Stations/Exhibition
Newly preserved from the Harry Smith Archives, audio tracks from Smith's Materials for Study of the Religion and Culture of the Lower East Side and the Anthology of American Folk Music, display of the original art from the Anthology, and video selections from Harry Smith's films.

Film Screening: Experimental Work of Harry Smith

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2001

7:30 PM
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Harry Smith has long been regarded as one of the leading experimental filmmakers of the 20th century. This evening of selections draws from all aspects of his career: from the hand-painted Early Abstractions to his autobiographical multi-layered travelogue Late Superimpositions. The evening will also include such rare works as Film # 16, Oz: The Tin Woodsman's Dream and unseen works from the Harry Smith Archives.

Acoustic Folk Concert


7:30 PM
Harold Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

In 1952 Folkways Records released Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. Its eighty-four tracks of Blues, Gospel, Cajun, Appalachian mountain music, and other genres, formed the primary texts for the folk revival of the 1960s. The Anthology continues to inspire a wide range of musicians working today, and the symposium will conclude with a performance featuring Robert Lockwood, Jr., Geoff Muldaur, and the Handsome Family. This concert is produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum Performing Arts in collaboration with noted producer Hal Willner.


8:00 PM
UCLA, Royce Hall

Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project
Produced by UCLA Performing Arts in Association with the Getty Research Institute and the Harry Smith Archives.

An all-star lineup of musicians presents a radical reinterpretation of Harry Smith's groundbreaking recording: Anthology of American Folk Music. Featuring Beck, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Percy Heath, Van Dyke Parks, Bob Neuwirth, Richard Thompson, David Thomas, Todd Rundgren, T. Bone Burnett, the Folksmen, Smokey Hormel, Mary Margaret O'Hara and Kate and Anna McGarrigle (final lineup to be announced).

Concerts are in association with the Getty Research Institute and the Harry Smith Archives.

For more information about Harry Smith visit the Harry Smith Archives web site.