Ericka Beckman

Ericka Beckman (born 1951 in Hampstead, NY) is an American filmmaker who began to make films in the 1970s as part of the Pictures Generation. Her playful yet formally demanding films challenge traditional aesthetic, and cultural values, that mix games with fairytales to create hybrids with new rules. Beckman uses play in every sense to shape her message. "The result is a 'satisfying, even delightful slipperiness of meaning, a mental vertigo induced by the changefulness of contexts and rules in regard to a given word or object" (Sally Banes Millenium Film Journal, 1984).
Beckman's work has been shown at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world. Her one-woman shows include: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,D.C., and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has been in three Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Amongst the numerous awards received for her work are: two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and one from Massachusetts Council on the Arts. Her works are in the film collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, plus the British Film Institute, as well as The Walker Art Center Media Collection.

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Ericka Beckman - Fair Game
bilingual edition (English / German)
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
New monograph, highlighting the topicality of the issues that run through all of Ericka Beckman's work over some forty years.
Ericka Beckman -
English edition
JRP|Editions - Monographs
Retrospective monograph on all Beckman's video works since the 1970s.
Ericka Beckman - Super-8 Trilogy (DVD)
JRP|Editions - Bureau des Videos (DVD)
Ericka Beckman's Super-8 Piaget trilogy: We Imitate; We Break Up (1978); The Broken Rule (1979); and Out of Hand (1980).

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