Mario García Torres, The Schlieren Plot, n.d.
  • May 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

On view from 7 until 10 pm

Experience the Modern's film and video collection from home with our new program Modern TV. Every other Saturday at 7 pm, free screenings of videos by leading contemporary artists will be livestreamed from the Modern's website. Though our galleries remain temporarily closed, we invite you to stay connected with us through our online resources and special events.

Mario García Torres's The Schlieren Plot, n.d., is a cinematic narrative based on two little-known episodes in the career of the American artist Robert Smithson (1938-1973). Between the late 1960s and 1970s, Smithson worked on two projects in Texas. Mixing fact and fiction, the film's story centers on a gardener at the Menil Collection in Houston who goes on a journey to review Smithson's path across the state. García Torres composed a soundtrack to accompany the film; it includes country and gospel-style songs whose lyrics meditate on the Texas landscape and on Smithson's artistic concerns.

*This is a virtual event that begins May 30 at 7 pm. Click here.*

Image credit: Mario García Torres, The Schlieren Plot, n.d. High-definition video with sound; 29 minutes. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase.  © Mario García Torres