As early as the 1930s, inventive artists began using the medium of film to fuse the visual art forms of Abstract painting and collage with the rhythms, melodies, and improvisations of jazz music. For this special program, Peter Lucas speaks about the history of visual music and jazz, and he presents rarely seen films made between the 1930s and 1960s by pioneering film artists Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Harry Smith, and Hy Hirsh—all with jazz soundtracks. The colors, patterns, textures, and Kinetic collages of these historic films create a vibrant visual jazz experience.
Peter Lucas is an independent film/video curator and arts organizer based in Houston. He has created exhibitions, film screening series, and public programs in association with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, Experience Music Project, Earshot Jazz Festival, Sound Unseen, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Houston Press named him Best Curator of 2012 and profiled him in the “100 Creatives” series. Lucas has been a guest speaker at Rice University, University of Houston, and Cornish College of the Arts, and is a contributor to Glasstire online arts journal.