This week, at Paul Kasmin’s new gallery space in the old Bungalow 8 nightclub, the artist and filmmaker James Nares will present work from the year 1976. For those keeping score, that’s a full two years before the No Wave scene that Mr. Nares helped create emerged in Lower Manhattan.
The show, “1976: Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper,” will include, among other works, Mr. Nares’ early film Pendulum, along with five other films from the same year. Pendulum documents the movement of a large spherical mass hung from a footbridge over Staple Street in Manhattan.
Back in 2010, we were lucky enough to catch a rare screening of Mr. Nares’ Rome ’78, the so-called “first and only No Wave epic.” Unlike his minimalist pieces depicting the same action or movement over and over again (as in a pendulum swinging), the film was 90-minutes, largely improvised and recast the murder of Emperor Caligula as an operatic post-punk comedy in the gritty Lower East Side of the late 70s. Mr. Nares was in attendance and was pleased that the audience didn’t walk out. 1976 opens January 5th.