Out of the Shadows showcases the exceptional motion pictures created by Jane Arden, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Penny Slinger during the 1960s and '70s. These artists share overlapping concerns in their experimental narratives, focusing on female sexuality, the occult, and societal taboos. Beyond these films' commonalities, the personal histories of the artists intertwine through love and friendship, most significantly in Slinger and Saint Phalle's respective personal and professional collaborations with renowned filmmaker Peter Whitehead, and in the alliance of Arden and Slinger in their radical feminist theater group Holocaust (which spawned various films featured in this program, written and directed by Arden and starring Slinger). In bringing these artists together, Anthology pays homage to three radical women whose contribution to experimental film has long been under-recognized. As we follow the protagonists of Arden, Slinger, and Saint Phalle on their peregrinations to self-knowledge, we become privy to an alternative history of second wave feminism.
This series has been organized in collaboration with curators Alison Gingeras and Nicoletta Beyer. Special thanks to Penny Slinger, Bloum Cardenas & Jana Shenefield (Niki Charitable Art Foundation), Blum & Poe, Jack Bond, Konrad Hirsch (Schamoni Film & Medien), Eric Liknaitzky (Contemporary Films), Kyla McDonald, Hannah Prouse (BFI), Salon 94, Fortnight Institute, Ariella Wolens, and Arielle de Saint Phalle.