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Landmarks Video Presents "Mitchell's Death" by Linda Montano
Jan. 1 - Jan. 31

Linda Montano’s seminal work, Mitchell’s Death (1977), prefigures her daring, unflinching works of the 1980s as well as the meditative events of her more recent years. In this black-and-white video, she mourns the sudden death of her husband from a gun accident by recounting every detail of her experience. In a ritualistic manner, she tells her story in a monotone voice, reminiscent of Buddhist chanting, while her face is pierced with acupuncture needles. Montano’s narration is slightly out of sync with the grainy image of her visage that fills the frame.