Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture
(USA, 2013, 88 mins, HDCam)
Executive Producers: Ann Tenenbaum, Dan Stern, Jay Sugarman
Producers: Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Katie McNeill, Stephanie Meurer
Cinematographers: Christopher Chomyn, Edwin Stevens, Doug Pray
Editor: Doug Pray
Since he began producing land art in the late 1960s, Michael Heizer's large-scale projects have been challenging in both description and execution, and the 340-ton rock discovered in a Riverside quarry that ultimately became the LACMA exhibition Levitated Mass is no exception. What begins as a fascinating look at the convoluted logistical puzzle of transporting one enormous boulder through four adjacent counties, develops into an astute and candid reflection on what art – and the reaction to art – truly means in a contemporary society. Capturing the honest reactions, from eye-rolling to awe-inspired, of the crowds who gape as the boulder lumbers past them through the dead of night, director Doug Pray carves out his own beguiling cinematic sculpture.
Please note: Public viewing of the artwork Levitated Mass closes at sundown, so be sure to come down early to see the boulder itself prior to the film screening.
Thu, Jun 20th 7:30pm
Leo S. Bing Theatre at LACMA
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