The Birth of a Flower, 1910, Percy Smith (Foto: British Film Institute)

Margaret Tait 2: Elective Affinities

The Birth of a Flower Percy Smith. 1910, 35mm, bw, 6 min
Garden Pieces Margaret Tait. 1998, 16mm, color, 12 min
Glimpse of the Garden Marie Menken. 1957, 16mm, color, 5 min
Pitcher of Colored Light Robert Beavers. 2007, 35mm, color, 24 min
Spring Nathaniel Dorsky. 2013, 16mm, color, 23 min
Bouquets 2130 Rose Lowder. 2001–2005, 16mm, color, 14 min
 
A walk in the garden of companions: though Tait never participated in any collectives, she was not alone in her quest for the revelatory power of the minutiae. In this small selection of echoing movements in gardens filmed by independent filmmakers, Marie Menken's Glimpse of the Garden follows on the heels of Tait's own melancholy portrayal in Garden Pieces: two kindred spirits reflected in the mirrors of their gaze directed at gardens. Robert Beavers and Nathaniel Dorsky, both great explorers of light, lead the way to Rose Lowder's flickering collection of gardens made over several years, Bouquets 21–30. As a prelude: Percy Smith's early gem in line with Tait’s verse: "I used to lie in wait to see the clover open / Or close, / But never saw it." We do. (I.M.)
 
Conversation and poetry reading with Gareth Evans after the screening

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