CROSSROADS, 1976, 35mm, b&w/sound, 36 min.
CROSSROADS captures the fascination with the atomic bomb in all its destructive, horrifying and beautiful power. Made from research footage by the United States Joint Army/Navy Task Force of the first nuclear tests in the summer of 1946, the film shows extreme slow- and fast-motion replays of the detonation of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, 90 feet under the Pacific Ocean. The event, covertly named Operation: Crossroads, was one of the most documented events in the history of the 20th century. In fact, the recording used so much film stock that it triggered a global shortage. The artist obtained the footage by petitioning the government for the declassified but unreleased footage. He created this landmark film which, at 36 minutes, became the longest film of his career. This hypnotic epic pairs Patrick Gleeson’s intense ambient sound in the first half with Terry Riley’s dreamy trance music in the second half.
Complimentary screenings will take place at 12pm, 3pm, & 6pm.