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JAMES FRANCO TEACHES SUMMER SCHOOL AT MOMA PS1

July 27, 2011

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Enrollment opens tomorrow for a two-part series of “Summer School” master classes at PS1 this August, taught by “contemporary practitioners” Francisco J. Ricardo, who is a Rhode Island School of Design digital media professor, plus filmmaker Gus Van Sant and, wait for it, James Franco. The all-star faculty at the program -- open only to current college and continuing education students who are studying art, poetry, film, writing, music and drama -- also includes guest spots by PS1 artists Laurel Nakadate, who joins Franco and Ricardo for the first session, and Ryan Trecartin, who comes in for the second session taught by Franco and Van Sant.

“Modeled after European summer academies and especially relevant considering that MoMA PS1 is housed in a former school, ‘Summer School’ makes the museum grounds a campus again,” reads the museum’s website. Indeed, students attend lectures and discussions and receive homework assignments.

Franco and Van Sant’s film collaboration My Own Private River, a “dreamlike” assemblage of leftover footage from Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, with a focus this time on River Phoenix’s character, Mike, is being installed in the theater and played on loop during museum hours, July 30-Sept. 2, 2011. Van Sant’s got other films in the program, as do BÍla Tarr (Satantango and Werckmeister Harmonies), Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman) and Werner Herzog (Stroszek).

The school is free of charge, but we’re guessing the 100 spots won’t last long -- professor Franco is newly single.

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