Art Movies: Cai Guo-Qiang

Join us for our art movie series on the last Thursday of each month in January, February, March, June, July, and August. The films and documentaries we show are family-friendly and free! Films begin at 7pm after a brief introduction by a member of the SAM Curatorial Staff. Stick around after the show for a Q&A and discussion! Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is known for highly-publicized public spectacles that fill the sky with shimmering fireworks or colorful smoke. A new documentary film on the artist, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, released on October 14, goes in a slightly different direction. It is based on piece carried out in secret in a small Chinese fishing village under cover of night. Perhaps Cai‘s most compelling, personal work yet, Sky Ladder is a 1,650-foot-tall ladder, held aloft by a giant balloon and rigged with explosives. As the massive sculpture ignites, it creates a fiery vision that miraculously ascends to the heavens.
  • February 22, 2018
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