July 28, 2019
Matthew Barney’s new film, Redoubt, invokes the myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt, in the winter landscape of central Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. As she pursues a wolf through snow in burned forest, she herself is tracked by an Engraver who documents and also interrupts her hunt. The 134-minute film invites contemplation of the relationship between humans and the natural world and also the artistic process. It contains no dialogue; the characters communicate through choreography, and their encounters with wildlife are balletic, as they move through terrain from the Salmon River to the American Legion Hall in Challis to mountain crests high in the Sawtooths. The film is the central piece of Matthew Barney’s current major exhibition which includes copper plate engravings and sculptures from burned trees from the Sawtooths. The exhibition premiered at Barney’s alma mater in the Yale University Art Gallery, and it travels next to Beijing and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.
This screening of Redoubt is an exceptional opportunity to view the film in the central Idaho context in which it was created, and to hear directly from Barney about the film and its themes. Immediately after the screening, Barney will have an on-stage conversation with Pam Franks, the class of 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, who curated the exhibit.
Matthew Barney is an internationally-acclaimed artist who grew up in Boise. His previous major exhibitions include The CREMASTER Cycle and River of Fundament, and his work has been featured at the Guggenheim, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London, Haus de Kunst in Munich, and many other prominent international museums and galleries.
This event is from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum. Admission is FREE but advance reservations are requested through The Community Library.