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Remembering Animator Karen Aqua At The ICA

A still image from Karen Aqua's last film, "Taxonomy." (Courtesy of Ken Field)
A still image from Karen Aqua's last film, "Taxonomy." (Courtesy of Ken Field)

A tribute to Cambridge filmmaker and animator Karen Aqua takes place Sunday at the Institute of Contemporary Art. She died on May 30 at the age of 57 after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Karen Aqua (Courtesy of Ken Field)
Karen Aqua (Courtesy of Ken Field)

Aqua is known for her independent spirit and yen for visual experimentation. Her films have been selected for festivals all over the world, and kids could see some of her silliest shorts on "Sesame Street."

Musician Ken Field, Aqua’s husband and frequent collaborator, is hosting the retrospective, along with filmmakers Frank Morris and Amy Kravitz. It will include a sampling of Aqua’s films and shorts.

In an email Field explained how he envisioned the tribute to his wife.

"My hope is that this commentary will serve to frame her work and give insight into how Karen's films fit into, and maybe even influenced, the history of the art of animation," Field wrote.

This program aired on September 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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