Troublemakers: The Story Of Land Art

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AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario says
Please note there are three screenings of this film:

Wednesday February 15, at 7 pm - With an introduction by Jim Shedden, Manager of Publishing, Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday February 16, at 9 pm
Saturday February 25, at 2 pm
Jackman Hall
Members $9 | Public $10 | Students $8


Directed by James Crump
2015, 1h, 12 min.
Screened with Spiral Jetty
Directed by Robert Smithson
1970, 35 min.

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert spaces of the American southwest. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that helped established the genre.

Robert Smithson's film Spiral Jetty is a "portrait" of his monumental earthwork of the same name at Rozel Point in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Completed in April 1970, Spiral Jetty is an iconic earthwork and Smithson's most renowned piece. At 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide, Smithson's spiral of basalt rocks, mud, and salt crystals juts out from the shore and coils dramatically into luminous red water. The film documents the making of this earthwork, which has attained near-mythic status as it has disappeared and then re-emerged from the lake over the past decades.
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By: AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario