The Harry Smith Free For All
Sunday, May 19
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hosted by Leo Daedalus this free event is one of a series of May events in Portland put on by the Oregon Cartoon Institute and friends, celebrating Harry Smith in what would have been his 90th year.
Oregon-born wild genius Harry Smith was an experimental filmmaker, artist, archivist, ethnomusicologist, student of anthropology, record collector, bohemian and mystic. The Harry Smith Free For All is a series of short, accessible, interactive presentations about his life and work.
In addition to hosting the Free For All, Leo also takes on Harry Smith’s complicated relationship with truth at 2:30 PM.
11:00 AM Kaveh Askari screens his new 7-minute experimental documentary about Harry Smith’s Bellingham years.
11:30 AM Doug Stewart demonstrates the recording technology Harry Smith used as a teenager when he recorded Lummi Indian rituals.
12:00 PM String Figures: an interactive presentation in honor of Harry Smith’s collection of string figures.
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 Dennis Nyback: Demonstration of Harry Smith’s performance art approach to projection of his 16mm films.
2:00 PM Andrew Ritchey discusses sound as an element in avant garde film.
2:30 – 3:30 PM The Late Now: Leo Daedalus takes on Harry Smith’s complicated relationship to truth, joined by cohost Alex Reagan and Chuck Barnes making a special musical appearance. Then it's 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, and invite the audience to sing along.
Above, Seattle artist Drew Christie provides a concise introduction. This reminiscence by fellow musicologist John Cohen dates to 1960 or 1961, judging from the prominence of The Twist.
> Get a Harry Smith Crash Course.