7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
RCC Hunters Woods – the CenterStage
Free • All Ages
Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s when a cadre of renegade New York artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic “creatives” risked their careers for radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. 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 established the genre and who stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Director: James Crump, (2015) 72 minutes
The movie is presented in collaboration with the Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR). IPAR seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. Thanks to RCC’s support, IPAR developed this program to present exceptional public art projects documented in motion pictures. Visually stimulating and thought-provoking, the films will foster a community conversation about public art.