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Sarah Morris: Points on a Line

Exhibitions

Points on a Line, 2010

Photos courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Sarah Morris: Points on a Line
Sat, Jan 28, 2012Sun, Apr 15, 2012

This film installation looks at two icons of modernist architecture.

Artist Sarah Morris continues her investigations of the built environment, and of the connections and power structures that shape it, in her latest film. Points on a Line takes viewers on a journey from Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Illinois—with pivotal stops along the way at New York’s Seagram Building, designed by Mies, and the Four Seasons restaurant on its ground floor, designed by Johnson. Beyond the often-discussed personalities and questions of influence between the two master architects, Morris explores absence and presence, natural and constructed environments, and historical significance and continuing relevance. Points on a Line, commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, reveals the political underpinnings of the architectural codes that surround us yet “ultimately upends the possibility of any singular understanding of either structure or architect” (Artforum).

Morris (b. 1967) lives in New York and London. Since the 1990s, she has observed environments and architecture within contemporary contexts, capturing panoramic metropolises in such films as Midtown (1998), Miami (2002), and Beijing (2008), as well as in her abstract paintings such as the Los Angeles series (2005‒06) or the site-specific Robert Towne (2006‒2007), executed on the courtyard and lobby of the Lever Building in New York and named for the famed Hollywood director, screenwriter, and legendary "script doctor."

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1–4:
Sarah Morris
Points on a Line, 2010
Red, MPEG 2
35 minutes, 48 seconds
Photo courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

5–8:
Sarah Morris
Points on a Line, 2010
Red, MPEG 2
35 minutes, 48 seconds
Photo courtesy of the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York