MOUNTAIN TIME ARTS
Producing bold, engaging public art projects that explore the history, culture and environment of the Rocky Mountain West.
In 2017, Mountain Time Arts assembled knowledge about the Gallatin Watershed’s hydrologic systems through conversations with farmers, irrigators, historians, Native people, naturalists, local leaders and many others who rely on the region’s water. The result was outdoor public art installations and performances that followed water as it flowed from the mountains through the City of Bozeman and on to the wetlands and ranches of the Gallatin Watershed.
Inspired by new strategies for working together, despite the challenges posed by population growth and drought. Events were free and open to all.
The Gabriel Canal was a performance event about water and irrigation in the Gallatin Valley of Southwestern Montana. The project made with and about the Gallatin Valley’s agricultural community shed light on their current environmental perspectives and the function of the valley’s canal system.
While walking through the historic Kelly ranch, audience members experienced the remarkable engineering feat of the Low-Line Canal, witnessed a range of historic farming practices, heard original songs that spoke about rancher’s ecological indicators, encountered a performance video and an animation about water rights. The performance culminated at dusk in a large-scale performance of a late 19th century harvest scene and the illumination of the Gabriel Canal.
This collaborative project directed by Mary Ellen Strom featured a sound score by Greg Young, music by the Bear Canyon Drummers, a video installation by Laine Rettmer, a light installation by Jim Madden, Travis Cook and Ken Dineen, costumes by Alayna Rasile, sculpture by Jim Zimpel, custom made instruments by Joe Schwem and an installation by Isabel Beavers.
Mountain Time Arts would like to acknowledge the generous support of:
The Kelly Ranch-Kathryn Kelly and Family
Montana Land Reliance
Bently Spang’s Modern Warrior Series:
War Shirt #6 – Waterways
WAR SHIRT #6 – WATERWAYS FEATURES 27 VIDEO AND STILL SCREENS IN A 22 FT. LONG X 8 FT. HIGH WELDED-STEEL FRAMEWORK IN THE SHAPE OF A WAR SHIRT.
Mountain Time Arts commissioned artist Bently Spang to produce a new, multi-screen video installation. Located in the Dry Creek School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1902, Spang’s project will focus on the importance of wetlands in the Gallatin Watershed.
“I’ve grown up with this water, I know where much of it begins and ends. My relatives in the past who sacrificed so much to secure our homeland for us made sure of that. It is out of their lived experience—handed forward orally, visually and physically—that my understanding of this place and our water has grown and continues to grow. They brilliantly embedded that knowledge in forms like the war shirt in a visual language that I have explored for years. It is worn knowledge, lived in knowledge and danced in knowledge.”
“My intention is not to re-create an actual war shirt but, as in past work in this series, to use the conceptual framework of this form and expand the scale to signify the importance of our water to my homeland. “ Bently Spang
Joanna Haigood & Zaccho Dance Theater
perform Spring Thirst
Spring Thirst explored the influence of climate change on water resources through a series of vignettes that act as poetic metaphors. Using dream-like imagery and steel aerial windows, the artists brought a new perspective to the critical importance of water conversation.
Zaccho Dance Theatre of San Francisco creates and presents performance work that investigates dance as it relates to place. Artistic Director Joanna Haigood’s creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative.
Learn more about Joanna Haigood and Zaccho Dance Theater on their website zaccho.org.
MOUNTAIN TIME ARTS PRESENTS UPSTREAM
Mountain Time Arts commissioned regional artists and designers to create installations in storefront windows on Main Street in downtown Bozeman, Montana. Each artist collaborated with a conservationist or scientist for these research-based interdisciplinary projects about water conservation.
The Upstream installations inspired pedestrians who traveled Main Street in Bozeman to think about their own relationship to water conservation and usage.
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