Bard Graduate Center is pleased to present a looped screening of filmmaker Jem Cohen’s Lost Book Found. The result of over five years of Super-8 and 16mm filming on New York City streets, Lost Book Found melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life. The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives.

This pop up screening will take place in the Gallery opposite our focus project exhibition New York Crystal Palace 1853 serving as a poetic mediation on New York’s visual and material culture. The film will be screened on a loop during Gallery hours.

July 6
An Evening with Jem Cohen

Featuring Jem Cohen, Luc Sante, Ed Halter and Sarah Larson

Join us for a special screening of Lost Book Found followed by a lively conversation of Cohen’s work with special guests.

Jem Cohen is a filmmaker/photographer who’s feature-length films include Museum Hours, Counting, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and World Without End (No Reported Incidents). Shorts include Little Flags and Anne Truitt – Working. His films are in the collections of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, The Jewish Museum, and D.C.’s National Gallery, and have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. He’s had retrospectives at Harvard Film Archive, London’s Whitechapel and NFT, Indielisboa, Oberhausen, and Spain’s Punto de Vista. Photography exhibitions include Robert Miller Gallery, SF Camerawork, and the Sharjah Biennial. His multi-media show with live music, We Have an Anchor, was a main stage production in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave series and London’s Barbican Centre.

Ed Halter
is a critic and curator living in New York City. He is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York, and his writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Bookforum, Cinema Scope, frieze, Little Joe, Mousse, Rhizome, Triple Canopy, the Village Voice and elsewhere. His book From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Video Games was published in 2006. From 1995 to 2005, he programmed and oversaw the New York Underground Film Festival. He teaches as Critic in Residence in the Film and Electronic Arts department at Bard College, and is currently writing a history of contemporary experimental cinema in America.

Sarah Larson is a roving cultural correspondent for

Luc Sante’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He has been a frequent contributor to the NY Review of Books since 1981 and had written for a wide variety of other publications. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.