Monday, September 12, 2011


The Reston Community Center, in collaboration with the Initiative for Public Art -Reston (IPAR), is screening award-winning films this fall about exceptional public art projects. Visually stimulating and thought provoking, the films in the series are being shown to foster a community conversation about public art and the environment, and architecture and memorial spaces as IPAR moves forward with projects.

As part of the RCC’s “Tuesday Night at the Movies” program, the films will be screened September 13, November 15 and December 13.

Kicking off the series on September 13, is the 2004 film, Rivers and Tides, a 90-minute documentary exploring the visionary work of Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish environmental sculptor who creates transitory art from objects he finds in nature—ice, driftwood, leaves, stone, dirt and snow in open fields, beaches, rivers, creeks and forests.

The New York Times review of Goldsworthy’s work and the movie points out the unfortunate tendency of art to become an egotistical attempt to leave something behind that will be contemplated for generations and theoretically for eternity.

On November 15, IPAR will welcome guest speaker Margaret Parsons, the founder and head of the National Gallery of Art’s film program. Parsons will introduce two films: Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings (2010) and Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower (2009).

On December 13, the Oscar-winning documentary Maya Lin: Strong, Clear Vision captures the genius of architect Maya Lin, who vaulted to fame at age 21 when her sparse, modern and controversial design was chosen to memorialize the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. This film relates to IPAR’s intention to establish a memorial garden in Reston. IPAR is currently studying how to move forward on this project by engaging with the community, and studying its many aspects.

All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CenterStage Box Office at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods by calling 703-476-4500 x3. Screenings will start at 7:30 p.m.

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