Free Summer Movie Festival
28 Jun - 24 Aug 2007
videotapeproduced, written and directed by Lucas Samaras, edited and photographed by Kim Levinrunning time: 24 minutes
Free Summer Movie Festival and Light Time and Three Dimensions at 25th Street
Salvaged and Robert Whitman’s Sun at 22nd Street
NEW YORK, June 29, 2007—The FREE SUMMER MOVIE FESTIVAL, on view at 534 West 25th Street, features films by Michal Rovner, Lucas Samaras, John Chamberlain and Agnes Martin. Michal Rovner’s 1997 film Border, shot on the border of Israel and Lebanon, is as a fictional story taken from documentary footage captured while filming actual soldiers and focuses particularly on Giora Inbar, a high ranking Israeli military official whom the artist befriended and who agreed to participate in the film. Border screens at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Lucas Samaras wrote, produced, directed and starred in his 1969 film entitled Self, which was edited and photographed by critic Kim Levin. The film opens with a portrayal of daily routines and examines one man’s idea of self. Self screens at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez, 1968 was filmed in Valladolla, Mexico starring Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead and was directed by John Chamberlain and produced by Alan Power. This film takes a hedonistic and kitschy look at the lifestyle of Hernando Cortez and his wife, seeming sometimes erotic and sometimes ridiculous. The Secret Life of Hernando Cortez screens at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Agnes Martin’s film Gabriel was filmed in 1976 in parts of California, Colorado, and New Mexico. She filmed the movie with Peter Mayne playing the part of Gabriel. Agnes intended her film to be about happiness, innocence and beauty. Gabriel screens at 4:30 p.m.
The FREE SUMMER MOVIE FESTIVAL remains on view through August 24, 2007.
A group exhibition entitled LIGHT TIME AND THREE DIMENSIONS, also on view at 25th Street, includes work by Alexander Calder, Bill Culbert, Tara Donovan, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Lucas Samaras, Joel Shapiro, Keith Sonnier, Kiki Smith, and recent sculptural work by Jim Dine, Tim Hawkinson, James Turrell and Fred Wilson. Featured works include an almost 12' tall sculpture of a leaning fork with a meatball and spaghetti by Oldenburg, a metal Calder mobile c. 1948, a new neon light work from Sonnier, and an Incomplete Open Cube by LeWitt from 1974. LIGHT TIME AND THREE DIMENSIONS is also on view through August 24, 2007.
SALVAGED, a group show on view at 545 West 22nd Street, juxtaposes the work of John Chamberlain, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and Tony Feher, all of whom use unlikely and often common materials to create their works of art. Tony Feher will have his first solo show at the gallery in Spring 2008. The artist has reinstalled Big Red Wedge out of red plastic soda cases from 2005 and created a new Untitled installation out of green and black plastic strapping and cotton twine, which is on view for the first time. SALVAGED is on view through July 27, 2007.
For the first time PaceWildenstein has installed a project on the roof of 22nd Street that can be seen from the streets of Chelsea and from as far away as the West Side Highway. Robert Whitman’s newest project entitled SUN, 2007 uses a movie generated by the YOHKOH satellite (Japanese for sunbeam), a project that was developed by the Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences, to obtain images of the Sun in wavelengths not accessible from Earth. He then modified the rotation, speed and color of the star. The final result is a monumental artistic interpretation of the Sun projected onto manipulated fabric. Robert Whitman’s SUN screens daily from sunset to 10:00 p.m. and will remain on view through September 1, 2007.