Richard Serra Films—Early Works

Related Exhibition Richard Serra Drawing

Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Primarily known for his sculptures, Serra also has worked in film. This screening showcases his early experimental works, including his first film, Hand Catching Lead (1968), which shows the artist trying to catch pieces of falling lead. Serra struggles under the weight of a lead cylinder in Hand Lead Fulcrum (1968). In Frame (1969), he illustrates the perceptual gap between the camera lens and the naked eye. He collaborates with Philip Glass in Hands Scraping (1968), in which the two methodically sweep a pile of steel shavings. Several other titles drawn from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, film library will round out the program.


Introduced by Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator of media arts, SFMOMA

Image: Richard Serra, Hand Catching Lead (still), 1968; courtesy the artist