Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos

Still of Jasper Johns from Galaxie, Gregory R. Markopoulos (1966, 16mm)

The famously elusive Gregory R. Markopoulos was one of the most influential figures of American independent cinema. During the 1950s and ‘60s, his richly poetic oeuvre screened regularly for audiences of influential artists and critics.

However, by the end of the ‘60s, as Markopoulos became increasingly frustrated with the state of film exhibition, he withdrew his works from distribution and retreated to Europe, causing the celebrated films to attain a mythic status: collectively remembered yet rarely seen.

On Tuesday, April 7, Art on Screen at the Getty Research Institute, in collaboration with Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT, proudly presents a rare screening of Markopoulos’s feature length Galaxie, an exquisite, formally rigorous series of portraits of key figures of the New York underground. This program occurs in conjunction with the publication of Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory R. Markopoulos, edited by scholar and curator Mark Webber. Webber will give a brief illustrated lecture in advance of the screening.

The program will take place at 7:00 pm in the Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center. If you would like attend, e-mail