The Barrick Museum, in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center, to screen the acclaimed documentary “LEVITATED MASS” on Thursday February 12th, 2015, screening starts at 6pm,
followed by a Q&A between ERIN WRIGHT and DANIELLE KELLY.
LEVITATED MASS is the story of a rock star, the artist behind the sensation, a $10 million, 22-city tour, and the international media storm that ensued. Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?
About Levitated Mass
Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer is composed of a 456-foot-long slot constructed on LACMA’s campus, over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. The slot gradually descends to fifteen feet in depth, running underneath the boulder. As with other works by the artist, such as Double Negative (1969), the monumental negative form is key to the experience of the artwork.
Heizer conceived of the artwork in 1969; a drawing of the work is in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The artist discovered an appropriate boulder only decades later, in Riverside County, California. The boulder is one component of the artwork, as is the 456-foot-long slot beneath it and the surrounding environment.
Erin Wright is Director of Artist Initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her twenty years of experience in the art world has ranged from Sotheby’s auction house to grantmaking for Lannan Foundation to writing and research as an editor for the Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings to organizing exhibitions and project management for Gagosian Gallery.
Her current focus at LACMA is on artist projects and producing films about artists and their work including: John Baldessari, Michael Heizer, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell, Peter Zumthor, and Barbara Kruger. She has collaborated with and commissioned work from filmmakers such as Lance Acord, Doug Pray, and Lucy Walker.
Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland,OR. Kelly’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications regionally including Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly serves as the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum and Boneyard.