A selection from Doug Aitken: Electric Earth

  • Tuesday July 25, 2017 7:00 PM

A screening of filmic works by Doug Aitken as related to Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, approximately 2 hrs.

Aitken belongs to a generation of artists such as Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, for whom film functions as a medium for experience, and exists as form as much as subject matter.
Philippe Vergne, "You Are Here and So Am I," Doug Aitken: Electric Earth

Doug Aitken is an American artist and filmmaker. Defying definitions of genre, he explores every medium from film and installations to architectural innovations. Aitken is at the frontier of 21st-century communication. Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, his eye leads us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts.

This special evening is an opportunity to showcase various filmic works from Doug Aitken: Electric Earth including very early pieces such as the exploratory and seemingly improvised inflection, 1992 in which a camera attached to a rocket is launched into the air; as well as later highly produced works such as Aitken’s ambitious Sleepwalkers which was first screened on the exterior MoMA in New York in 2007 and his compelling Black Mirror, 2011 featuring the actor Chloë Sevigny as her character follows an undeniable wanderlust across the globe.  


Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films is a summer extension of the lecture series. This film-based weekly program runs through the summer months and strives to continue the consideration of ideas and issues pertaining to the art and architecture of the Modern, as well as to contemporary art in general.  

The screenings this summer focus on the genre of road films, as recommended by the artist Doug Aitken. Each selection addresses notions of the nomadic, time and space through movement, the horizon line, and/or the landscape and culture of the West in conjunction with the Modern’s summer exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth. Visit www.themodern.org/films for more information.

To create a full experience, these presentations include a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion following the films. Seating is available in the Modern's auditorium at 6:30 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm. The museum's galleries are open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films. This program is free and open to the public. Up to two free tickets can be obtained at the information desk beginning at 5 pm the day of the screening.