The story of Ernie Gehr’s Carnival of Shadows began in a Paris toy shop in 1974, when he discovered paper strips illustrated with silhouetted figure drawings, taken from early-20th-century shadowgraph toys. Gehr used those illustrations as the source material for several video works currently on view in the MoMA Film galleries. Read a Q&A with Gehr on our blog.

[Installation view of Ernie Gehr: Carnival of Shadows, The Museum of Modern Art, November 21, 2015-April 30, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Thomas Griesel]