Longtime BFA Film and Video faculty member Manfred Kirchheimer’s groundbreaking graffiti documentary Stations of the Elevated (watch a trailer below), which was shot on 16mm in 1977 and first screened in 1981, has been recently restored and is having a weeklong run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (October 17 – 23). Featuring music by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, Kirchheimer’s film captures the birth of an era in New York City and is racking up rave reviews.
The windows are huge, the kind every New Yorker dreams about, and light streams into the sleek, somewhat futuristic-looking space. There are textured surfaces, glass walls, girders and ducts. A kitchen. Quiet nooks. Walls pivot and slide, turning classrooms into galleries. Equipment retracts out of view, and furniture can be reconfigured with a flip.