Neelon Crawford, Filmmaker

24 Jul 2021 – 10 Oct 2022

Regular hours

10:30 – 19:00
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30

Cost of entry

Adult: $25 (Concessions available)

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MoMA Museum of Modern Art

New York
New York, United States


Travel Information

  • From the east side of Manhattan M1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to 53rd Street From the west side of Manhattan M50 cross-town to 50th Street. Proceed to 53rd Street.
  • From the east side of Manhattan 6 train to 51st Street, transfer to the E or M train; one stop to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue From the west side of Manhattan E or M train to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, or B, D, or F train to 47-50 Street Rockefeller Center
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Multimedia artist Neelon Crawford (American, born 1946) was a member of the 16-millimeter independent filmmaking scene in Ohio, San Francisco, and New York from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.


Experimenting with light, movement, and what he termed “the geometry of abstraction made possible with a movie camera,” he produced 35 films, including a landscape series shot in Peru and Ecuador between 1973 and 1976. After a busy period of exhibition activity Crawford withdrew his films from circulation in the mid-1980s, turning away from the moving image to focus on photography and painting, in the footsteps of his father, abstract artist Ralston Crawford (1906–1978).

Neelon Crawford, Filmmaker presents nine pieces installed as a meditation on climate crisis and sustainability, inspired by encounters with the classical elements of nature: earth, water, air, and fire. These artist travel films reflect pleasure and respect for ambient sounds and the natural world; the bucolic character of the work is undercut by our heightened awareness of environmental fragility and the destabilizing presence of man and machinery.

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