The synchronous disappearances of Ader, Burden, and Goldstein have been given various justifications: the desire for the dematerialization of (art-) object and (artist-) subject inherent to conceptualism; the omnipresence of death in the context of the Vietnam War; the temptation of magic’s sleight of hand; and a fascination with the morbid and the sublime. Philipp Kaiser, Disappearing — California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein,
Artist, Director of Exhibitions at Power Station, and co-founder of Culture Hole Gregory Ruppe touches on disappearance in conjunction with Disappearing — California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein as he presents his 2012 film Bigfoot in relation to Lightning, 1976, by Paul and Marlene Kos, and Rene Daalder’s documentary Here is Always Somewhere Else: The Disappearance of Bas Jan Ader, 2007.
Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films this summer focuses on filmmakers and films that have some direct or indirect relationship with the issues and circumstances of time, philosophy, and/or form found in Disappearing—California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein. To create a full experience, these presentations include a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion following the films when time allows. As a special addition, this summer some of the films will be selected and introduced by guest presenters.
This program begins at 7 pm. Seating is available in the Modern’s auditorium at 6:30 pm. The museum’s galleries are open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the run of 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 admission desk beginning at 5 pm the day of the screening.
Image credit: Gregory Ruppe, Still from Bigfoot, 2012