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Every Friday through April and May we invite you to join us for Holt/Smithson Foundation Friday Films while we are all spending time at home. Our second Friday film selection is Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” (1970). We will post the film on Friday, and our Program Manager, William T. Carson, will give a short introduction on our feed. Check back here between 12 noon MT Friday April 10 and 12 noon MT Saturday April 11 to access the film on IGTV and Vimeo. Smithson made the film “Spiral Jetty” on returning to New York from Utah, after completing his landmark earthwork of the same name in April 1970. “Spiral Jetty”, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is made from over six thousand tons of black basalt rocks and earth collected from the site—stretching 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide in a counterclockwise spiral. In 1999 Nancy Holt and the Estate of Robert Smithson donated the earthwork to @diaartfoundation, who continue as stewards. Lasting thirty-five minutes the film is, in Smithson’s words, “a set of disconnections, a bramble of stabilized fragments taken from things obscure and fluid, ingredients trapped in a succession of frames, a stream of viscosities both still and moving.” The film starts with an image of the sun, moving to a bumpy drive out to the Great Salt Lake, to torn pages from an atlas discarded on the ground. Smithson’s voice forms the soundtrack. ⠀ Smithson was fascinated by relationships between geological time and human time, and this film shows both. In the voiceover he compares industrial construction to the formation of the earth, and dinosaurs to digging machines and dumper trucks. There is something wonderfully eerie and hypnotic about the film. — #robertsmithson #spiraljetty #holtsmithsonfoundation #holtsmithsonfoundationfridayfilms #earthworksfromhome #diaartfoundation #electronicartsintermix — Still from Robert Smithson, “Spiral Jetty” (1970)⠀ Digitized 16mm film⠀ Color, sound⠀ Duration: 35 minutes © Holt/Smithson Foundation, licensed by VAGA at ARS, NYC. Distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, NYC

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), located off Rozel Point in the north arm of Great Salt Lake. Spiral Jetty is a masterpiece of late twentieth-century art that draws visitors from around the world. Because it is uniquely positioned within Utah’s landscape. As seen from the air several years ago Robert Smithson's earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located at Rozel Point peninsula on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake. Using over six thousand tons of black basalt rocks and earth from the site, Smithson formed a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide. I photographed Spiral Jetty recently with the lake level very low, it's almost a mile for the waters edge. Spiral Jetty is an earthwork sculpture constructed in April 1970. I photographed Robert Smithson's earthwork Spiral Jetty which is located at Rozel Point on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. You can purchase prints and other gift Items from my website: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #greatsaltlake #robertsmithson #earthwork #spiraljetty, #landmark, #masterpiece #UMFA #twentieth-centuryart #earthwork #basalt #Itsinmynature #beautifulutah #utahlife #iloveutah #virtute #awesome_earthpix #awesoneearth #beautifuldestinations #beautifulplaces #ronbrownphotographer #ronbrownartist #ronbrownutah

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Robert Smithson - Spiral Jetty, 1970 (Robert Smithson made the decision to move his work into the great outdoors in the late 1960s, when he became disenchanted with the galleries, which he described as "mausoleums for art", too bound up with commodification and commercialism, which were alien to the true and free artistic spirit. Smithson wanted to reconnect with the environment - hence works like Spiral Jetty, which also reflected his interest in science and geology. To create the 457 metre long spiral, Smithson bulldozed material from the shore into the lake. It is a man-made, artistic creation but unlike most gallery art, it lies horizontal and dwarfs the human spectator, who feels that sense of smallness he or she experiences when in the presence of nature's beauty, or perhaps contemplating the stars. Outer space was very much on Smithson's mind when he created Spiral Jetty. In 1969, just prior to its creation, Neil Armstrong had become the first human to set foot on the moon, and mankind was reevaluating its relationship with the cosmos. The jetty resembles a galaxy in its shape. However, the spectator walks around it in an anti-clockwise direction, and is thereby prompted not just to consider cosmology but also to move backwards through geological time.) #art #artdaily #artlover #contemporaryart #robertsmithson #70s #landart #usa #movement #spiraljetty #utah #nature #environment #human #space #cosmology #geology #installation #science #rock #sculpture #diart #archive #arensbergarchive @diaartfoundation

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