Artist Projects

Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus / A Primer In Sky Socialism


Kenneth Jacobs

Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus is a dense optical event in four 40-minute parts, meant to be seen over four days. This film project by Ken Jacobs is composed almost entirely of three-dimensional stills taken on a series of bus rides in New York City, with each onscreen for 6 to 8 seconds instead of the usual rapid turnover used to create the illusion of movement. In taking the observed activity from street-corner to computer, Jacobs toys with depth and elevates the mundane into the impossible. Each three-dimensional vista is held onscreen long enough for viewers to process them individually and take a deeper look at the changing tableaus.


A second 3-D film, A Primer in Sky Socialism, is a tribute to the Brooklyn Bridge and the idealism of the Roebling family, who designed the bridge. Jacobs and his wife have a New Year’s Eve tradition of joining the young and many-languaged crowd walking to the top of Brooklyn Bridge, ostensibly for the fireworks. He writes, “Fact is, the crowd and the bridge comprise the spectacle. The Bridge has been particularly dear to us since the ’60s, when we learned the story of the Roeblings, father and son and daughter-in-law. The Bridge embodies their wishes for America, their blessing—nothing less.” A Primer in Sky Socialism (58 min.) is a follow-up to Jacobs’ earlier 8mm film, The Sky Socialist.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus and A Primer in Sky Socialism premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

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    Kenneth Jacobs

    Kenneth Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933. His films, videos and performances have been presented at venues such as the Berlin…

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  • Events

    Jan 22 – Jan 24, 2016
    Anthology Film Archive Screens Work by Ken Jacobs



    May 02 – May 05, 2013
    Ken Jacobs' Creative Capital project "Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus" premieres at the MoMA, New York



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  • Project News

    April 29, 2013
    Project Premiere: Ken Jacobs Premieres Two 3-D Films at The Museum of Modern Art, New York



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