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	Image: Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg (detail)

ArtDocs film screenings

A special screening of documentaries highlighting artists in the contemporary collection

Image: Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg (detail)

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, various times as listed


Location: Centenary Auditorium

Related exhibition: New contemporary galleries

De Larges Détails, sur les traces de Francis Alÿs (Wide details on the traces of Francis Alÿs)

Dir. Julien Devaux and Francis Alÿs, French edition (subtitles in English) 56mins, DV-Cam, 2006
This documentary focuses on Belgian-born contemporary artist Francis Alÿs, who has lived in Mexico City for the past fifteen years. Alys works across a wide range of mediums and genres and is known for the thought-provoking, performative nature of his work. In his most famous work When faith moves mountains 2002, for example, Alÿs enlisted 500 volunteers to help him move an entire sand dune from one spot to another.

This film explores the artist’s process in transforming the action of wandering into an art form. The film opens in Mexico City and then follows Alÿs on a journey to London, Berlin, Lima and Jerusalem. A major theme of the film is an exploration of the relationship between individuals and the urban environments they inhabit.

Francis Alÿs’ studio, image courtesy of 43 Films


Saturday 21 May 2011 11:30am – 12:30pm

Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg

Dir. Barbo Lundestam, USA, colour, magnetic stereo, 30 min, 2007
In 1966 ten New York artists and thirty engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories collaborated on a series of innovative dance, music and theatre performances. Entitled 9 Evenings: theatre & engineering, the event was held at the 69th Regiment Armory, New York City. Participating artists included John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman.

Open score was performed on 14 October. It began with a tennis game between Frank Stella and his tennis partner, Mimi Kanarek, on a full-scale court laid out on the Armory floor. Rauschenberg had adopted one of the oldest forms of performance that everyone recognises, a tennis match, and made it into dance. He also used the game ‘to control the lights and to perform as an orchestra’. Each time Frank or Mimi hit the ball a loud ‘bong’ vibrated around the Armory and the sound of each ‘bong’ switched off one of the lights illuminating the court.

Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg (detail)


Saturday 21 May 2011 5:30pm – 6pm

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings

Dir. Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper, USA, colour, 55mins, 2010
During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. His decision to utililse other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced.

This film takes as its focus the retrospective of LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25-year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968–2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface – the most expansive view of LeWitt’s oeuvre in a single space.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings (detail)


Saturday 21 May 2011 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday 22 May 2011 3pm – 4pm

Art City: Making it in Manhattan

Dir. Chris Maybach, USA, colour, 58mins, 2002
Unlike any art movie you’ve ever seen, Art City is big, breezy, informed entertainment about the people who make contemporary art. Artists, along with collectors and dealers, bring to life the art capital of the world, New York, as it plunges into the 21st century.

Presenting a wide range of status, age, and ethnic backgrounds, the film moves into lofts, studios and galleries for intimate scenes of artists at work. They discuss inspiration, aesthetic issues, the meaning of success and how they overcame hardship to pursue a lifetime in art.


Sunday 22 May 2011 11:30am – 12:30pm