Austin’s UT Landmarks Announces Tenth Season of Video Works

by Christopher Blay August 19, 2019
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Still, from Kara Walker’s Calling to Me From The Angry Surface of Some Grey and Threatening Sea.

UT Landmarks, University of Texas at Austin’s public art program, has announced the start of the 10th season of its curated program of influential video art from the past 60 years. Established in 2008,  Landmarks Video will feature works by Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kara Walker, Michael Snow, and Mungo Thomson, and others, with Karikis’ work launching the program on September 1.


Still from Animal, by David Ellis.

Screenings will take place at the ART building‘s atrium of UT’s College of Fine Arts, at the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin. This year’s highlights include Kara Walker’s …calling to me from the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea (2007), an exploration of racism through the lens of historical and contemporary events; Michael Robinson’s The Dark, Krystle (2013), a surreal reimagining of clips from the legendary 1980s series Dynasty; and Luis Valdovino’s Work in Progress (1990), an experimental video about disputes surrounding immigration and naturalization processes. There will also be a screening of Animal, David Ellis’ 2010 video commissioned by UT Landmarks.


Still from Ragnar Kjartansson’s Satan is Real, 2004.

As part of Landmark’s 10th season,  Austin Film Society will co-present select works from this year’s program, as well as works from previous seasons on November 16, 2019. The evening will also feature a discussion with Landmark’s video curator, Kanitra Fletcher.

Landmarks Videos will be on view to the public daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the atrium, located on the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Videos are accessible to all and free to view, and many of the videos in the collection are also available at the Fine Arts Library in the College of Fine Arts. The schedule of video screenings is as follows:

Sep. 2019: Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2014
Oct. 2019: Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2015
Nov. 2019: Ragnar Kjartansson, Satan is Real, 2004
Dec. 2019: Keith Sonnier, Animation I, 1973
Jan. 2020: Kara Walker, …calling to me from the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea., 2007
Feb. 2020: Camel Collective, Something Other Than What You Are, 2018
Mar. 2020: Mungo Thomson, The American Desert (for Chuck Jones), 2002
Apr. 2020: Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980
May 2020: Luis Valdovino, Work in Progress, 1990
Jun. 2020: Michael Robinson, The Dark Krystle, 2013
Jul. 2020: Michael Snow, WVLNT, 1966-67/2003
Aug. 2020: David Ellis, Animal, 2010

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