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Event Series Event Series: Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling

Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling

November 22, 2023 @ 7:15 pm

Playing in the CCA Cinema

Nov 17 – 23 screening daily 11:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 7:15pm (no screenings Monday or Tuesday, or Thanksgiving)

In a world that is becoming more and more mechanized, what is the value of actual, lived human experience? Legendary California “Light and Space” artist Robert Irwin has been investigating this question all his life.

He began as a charismatic painter in LA’s late sixties “Cool School” scene, but abandoned object-making to pursue pure dialog, philosophy, and experimentation. Rejecting art world fame to take on experimental installations, Irwin developed a new way of working that made perception itself the subject of his art.

Irwin gained a reputation among other artists as a visionary, but his works were ephemeral and hidden from the public. Working in near-obscurity, he made his living as a gambler at the racetrack and a beloved teacher, nurturing the talents of a diverse group of now-famous artists including Chris Burden, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, and Vija Celmins.

In an art world dominated by spectacle, Irwin’s art transforms our perception of the light and space around us using only the simplest of materials. His projects resist categorization and defy commodification; “catching lightning in a bottle” is the artist’s favorite metaphor for what he does. At age 87, Irwin’s decade-spanning career culminates in his most challenging project; a massive permanent installation in the majestic desert town of Marfa, Texas.

Director/Writer: Jennifer Lane
Features: Robert Irwin, Michael Govan, Tara Donovan
Run time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Film: Documentary
Languages: English


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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