Harry Smith Free-for-All

Sun, 05/19/2013 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

A series of short, accessible, interactive presentations at The Cleaners; Sunday, May 19, 2013.

This is the third of three public events in Harry Smith PDX 2013; a history and arts education project from the Oregon Cartoon Institute .  The Harry Smith Free-for-All is sponsored by KBOO Community Radio and hosted by Leo Daedalus, the Oregon Cartoon Institute’s 2013 Artist in Residence.


11:00 AM Kaveh Askari screens his new 7 minute experimental documentary about Harry Smith’s Bellingham years, and takes questions.

11:30 AM Doug Stewart demonstrates the recording technology which Harry Smith used as a teenager when he recorded Lummi Indian rituals.

12:00 PM Recreation of selected String Figures from Harry Smith’s collection

12:30 PM Anne Richardson places Harry Smith within a timeline of Oregon film history

  1:00 PM Joe McMurrian discusses Harry Smith’s curation of his 1952 Anthology Of American Folk Music

  1:30 PM Demonstration of Harry Smith’s performance art approach to projection in his 16mm films: a talk by Dennis Nyback

  2:00 PM Andrew Ritchey discusses sound as an element in an avant garde film.

  2:30 PM Leo Daedalus of The Late Now takes on Harry Smith’s unpredictable relationship to the concept of “truth” .

  3:00 PM The Harry Smith Paper Airplane Invitational, an Indoor Air Show in honor of Harry Smith’s world class paper airplane collection.

  3:30 PM Sacred Harp Singers perform traditional-shaped note singing, one of Harry Smith’s obsessions, while the audience sings along


The Cleaners 403 SW 10th Avenue, Portland
Contact name: 
Anne Richardson


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