Suzan Pitt: Asparagus

10 Nov 2017 – 16 Dec 2017

Regular hours

12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Nearest Metro station: Monument
  • Nearest Railway station: Newcastle Central

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Suzan Pitt’s 1979 animated film, Asparagus, is a candy-coloured nightmare and rocked audiences when it premiered in an installation at the Whitney Museum, New York, catapulting Pitt to the front ranks of indie animation.


Deftly mixing techniques including cel painting, cut-outs, and stop-motion animation, Asparagus propels its blank-faced protagonist into a sexually charged dream journey. The film’s stunning set piece occurs before a claymation audience who gape as the artist opens her Pandora’s box to release rare wonders. A moving meditation on art and the cost of reproduction, Asparagus remains, decades after its release, a benchmark of single frame intensity. Asparagus was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2014.

Suzan Pitt was born in in 1943 in Kansas City, and lives in Los Angeles, USA. She undertook a BFA in painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (1963-65). Her work is in the permanent collections of the The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California. Her animated films have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Utah, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, the Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, Canada, Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico, and the Image Forum Film Festival, Tokyo. A former Associate Professor at Harvard University, Pitt has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and three production grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. A retrospective of Pitt’s prize-winning animated films was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2016.

Asparagus is presented as part of DRAWING, a programme of exhibitions and events across the North East England region that pose the question: does DRAWING matter?​

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