Filmmaker and artist Robert William Fenz (Film/Video MFA 02), passed away on Aug. 8.
He was known for his documentary short film series, Meditations on Revolution (1997-2003) filmed in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mississippi, and New York City. In addition, he studied under and worked as a cinematographer for a number of renowned filmmakers including Chantal Akerman and Robert Gardner.
The New York Times further describes the scope of Fenz’s legacy:
“Fenz’s films are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou, Harvard Film Archive, California Institute of the Arts, and private collection Sammlung Hoffmann and were featured in the Whitney Biennials in 2008 and 2002. He had solo retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou 2015, the 16th BAFICI Buenos Aires 2014, CA2M Centro de Arte Madrid 2013, Sammlung Hoffmann 2012, 55th BFI London 2011, Harvard Film Archive 2008, and Museum of Modern Art 1997. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and his work was championed, most recently, in ‘Manifestations. Écrits politiques sur le cinéma et autres arts filmiques’ by Nicole Brenez.”