This program will explore the early history of the radical visual arts residency program at Artpark, described by critic Lucy Lippard in 1974 as “an often-marvelous madhouse” and “a first in the area of artist-public interaction.” Several Groundswell artists created important early works at this 154-acre state park located on the Niagara River Gorge, where they were given a stipend, housing, and the freedom to create temporary outdoor projects that engaged the site and its fascinating, deep history.
The screening features Mary Miss's short film Blind (1977), which she shot inside the earthwork she created at Artpark, paired with the documentary Artpark People (1977), directed by Michael Blackwood.
The program will include a brief introduction by Groundswell researcher Jana La Brasca with highlights from Artpark's rich and newly processed archival collection, as well as a pop-up display of books and ephemera related to Artpark's too-little-known contributions to the history of Land art.
Groundswell: Women of Land Art is made possible by leading support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation, The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, and the Jean Baptiste "Tad" Adoue, III Fund of The Dallas Foundation. Generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. Additional support is provided by Joanne Bober, Humanities Texas, Ann and Chris Mahowald, Leigh Rinearson, the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (DTPID), and Susan Inglett.