Mary Ellen Bute 1906-1983
Parabola – 1936/38
Duration: 9 min

Rutherford Boyd, Mary Ellen Bute, and Theodore Nemeth, 1936-38, 9 minutes
Music: „La Creation du Monde” by Darius Milhaud
Courtesy: Mary Ellen Bute, Theodore Nemeth, Anthology Film Archives

Sculptor Rutherford Boyd worked in collaboration with Nemeth and Bute, whose NYC production facilities were placed at his disposal. Filmed, frame by frame, in a sequence of stills that varied the arrangement of sculptural pieces under controlled illumination, Parabola introduced the potential of an new design technique. (Douglas Dreishpoon)