Lucien Castaing-Taylor “Sheep Rushes”

CUNY Graduate Center

poster for Lucien Castaing-Taylor “Sheep Rushes”

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“Sheep Rushes” is the title anthropologist/filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and producer Lisa Barbash have given to a series of video works recorded between 2001 and 2005 in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth range of Montana. With remarkable clarity, and uncompromising attention to the aesthetics of image and sound, they depict the birthing, herding and shearing of several thousand sheep on one of the last substantial family ranches in the American West. Castaing-Taylor and Lisa Barbash spent three summers filming on the mountainous public lands used to pasture these sheep, and almost five years editing the footage. In the process, they have also produced a feature-length documentary, "Sweetgrass," which will be released in 2009. At the James Gallery, "Hell Roaring Creek," "Into-the-Jug ("Geworfen")," and "Turned at the Pass" will be installed as continuous projections. On November 29th, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash will screen all eight of the video works, offering yet another variation on document and/as narrative. The videos reveal a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed. At once beautiful and unsparing, they display a relentless attention to the aesthetics of image and sound.



from November 15, 2008 to November 30, 2008

Closing Reception on 2008-11-29 from 18:00 to 20:30
Screening with the artist and producer Lisa Barbash.

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