CINEMA STUDIES TALK 001: TOM McDONOUGH ON NANCY HOLT AND ROBERT SMITHSON
MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2021, LECTURE HALL 6, 8:00 PM
Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History, introduces two short films made by American artists Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson in 1970 which radically reimagine the representation of the Western landscape. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Topographies: Changing Conceptions of the American Landscape at the Binghamton University Art Museum, October 8-December 11, 2021. Cosponsored by the Binghamton Art Museum and the Cinema Department. Utah Sequences (1970, dir. Nancy Holt). 9 min., digitized 16mm. silent color film. A deep investigation of Utah’s landscape. Spiral Jetty (1970, dir. Robert Smithson). 35 min., digitized 16 mm color film with sound. A “portrait” of Smithson’s monumental earthwork of the same name at Rozel Point in the Great Salt Lake, Utah.