Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

Drive 600 miles northwest and you’ll come across a strange sight: a row of vintage Cadillacs, buried halfway in the Amarillo ground, their trunks jutting into the sky. This artwork, Cadillac Ranch, is the most famous project of the radical ’70s architecture collective Ant Farm, whose work is chronicled in the documentary Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm, screening today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “We don’t wait for someone to hire us,” says member Doug Michels in one of the film’s archive clips. “We try to generate or originate our own ideas.” Their “alternative architecture practice,” as fellow member Chip Lord puts it, kicked sand in the face of the architectural establishment and firmly aligned with the counterculture ethos of the late ’60s and early ’70s — an era for which the film is nostalgic, even as Ant Farm’s work still seems exciting and progressive. 1 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
May 24-27, 2011
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