1) My Architect: A Son's Journey A documentary that explores Louis Kahn, the famous architect who constructed iconic buildings across the globe. The film, however, is shot by Kahn's son, Nathanial, who is known to not have had the best relationship with his father. As he travels to a number of Kahn's singular structures, including the Salk Institute, Yale Center for British Art, and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Nathanial searches to understand his father through his creations. The film also includes his interviews with other renowned architects such as Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie, and Anne Tyng, all in the hopes of furthering a cohesive semblance of the man that was Louis Kahn. My Architect provides an intimate look into both the personal life and professional aura that was Louis Kahn.
2)Eva Hesse Covering groundbreaking sculptor, Eva Hesse's life's work, this documentary looks at Hesse's beginnings as a German immigrant throughout her artistic brilliance in the 1960's. Mostly known as being associated with the Post-Minimal movement, Hesse is famous for manipulating materials that had rarely been worked with including plastic, fiberglass, and latex. The film explores her iconic work that instigated a different look at sculpture, but also created a discussion about gender and self. It covers the many struggles Hesse experienced throughout her life such as escaping the Nazi regime, her mother committing suicide when Hesse was only ten, and her own untimely death. The documentary gives the viewer an in depth look at one of the major figures within twentieth century art.
3) Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art A literally massive movement, Land Art was founded by a group of radical New York City artists in the 1960's and '70s, looking for a new kind of medium, who found it in the earth. The film looks at the careers of some of the top land artists, such as Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, and Nancy Holt, and their unforgettable endeavors. The projects are big and bold, the artists are insanely imaginative, and the process could not be more daunting. The film's coverage results in a thrilling energy, and encapsulates the amazing personality of each. As some of these pieces are decades old and still around, the history of each is explored in the film, and were effectively added to my list of places to see within my lifetime!