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Still from Deborah Stratman’s Last Things (2023) courtesy the artist

Mono Lake and Last Things

Art Films and Special Screenings

  • Saturday, September 9, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Join us to view two films exploring the mysteries of time, followed by a post screening discussion with filmmaker Deborah Stratman and author Corina Copp. 

Mono Lake ​documents the exploration of an ancient saline lake at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada in California by Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, and artist Michael Heizer. As they explore one of the oldest lakes in North America, we hear Heizer and Smithson read facts about the site’s geology, indigenous history, and unique ecosystem. Courtesy of the Holt/Smithson Foundation and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. (Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, 1968/2004, 20 minutes)

Last Things is a conceptually rich and visually stunning essay that imagines evolution and extinction from a geological point of view. Deborah Stratman introduces the geo-biosphere as a place of evolutionary possibility, where humans disappear but life endures and time blurs between past, present, and future. (Deborah Stratman, 2023, French and English with English language subtitles, 16mm to digital, 50 minutes)

Part of the ongoing series Art Films and Special Screenings.