Matthew Barney, Cremaster 1, 1994, Production Photograph
©1994 Matthew Barney, Courtesy Barbara Gladstone
Photo: Michael James O'Brien
THE CREMASTER CYCLE
DIRECTED BY MATTHEW BARNEY
MAY 7, 2003
($5 WALKER MEMBERS)
The first film in the cycle (second in production) takes place on the blue
Astroturf football field of Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho--Barney's hometown.
Hovering above the arena are two Goodyear blimps, each with a glamorous
parcel of flight attendants in Isaak Mizrahi-designed uniforms. Both planes
have a stowaway played by legendary dominatrix Marti Domination. The film
manages to conjure up memories of Busby Berkeley musical extravaganzas and
the cold, hard, new world of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
An armada of chorus girls twirl into patterns of biological cells splitting
and multiplying as Domination choreographs their routines with notations
made of grapes. It is a gorgeous fantasy waltz that madly uses its cast
to delineate the contours of an androgynous body that symbolizes, for the
artist, a state of pure potential. 1995, U.S., color, 35mm, sound, 40 minutes.
on Cremaster 1.
MAY 28, 8 PM