Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham is known for many roles—musician, performer, philosopher, scientist, and writer—but he is perhaps most recognized for his cerebral and captivating moving-image installations.
Torqued Chandelier Release (2005) is the third in a trio of films that the artist describes as “illustrated ‘thought experiments’ documenting transitory lighting events within the context of a single roll of film.” Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s famous water-bucket experiment exploring rotational motion, Torqued Chandelier Release vividly demonstrates Newton’s investigations as the chandelier, wound-up off-camera and then released, spins in one direction then reverses course until it finally comes to rest. The dizzying image of the spinning fixture takes on a sculptural, three-dimensional appearance, echoing Newton’s original experiment and illuminating the values of the Enlightenment itself.
1 day 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory
1 day 22 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Time machines, superheroes, wild creatures, and more… JourneyMaker makes every visit to the museum an adventure.
Try this new digital interactive for families in the museum’s Ryan Learning Center, located in the Modern Wing, or print out a tour at home.
2 days 20 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today marks the autumn equinox and the official end of summer. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the latest in ARTicle’s Sound and Vision series, matching songs from around the world with our encyclopedic collection.