The Cremaster Cycle (The Cremaster 3)

“American visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney is best known for his epic Cremaster Cycle, a project consisting of five feature length films and related sculptures, photographs, drawings, and artist’s books. The Cremaster Cycle was made over a period of eight years (1994-2002) and culminated in a major museum exhibition organized by Nancy Spector of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which traveled to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Musée d’art Moderne in Paris from 2002-03. Barney’s longtime collaborator Jonathan Bepler composed and arranged the soundtracks for the films.”

– Wikipedia.org


The Cremaster 3 (2002) (Notes taken from Wikipedia.org.)

  • Cremaster 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character – host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence.
  • They are reenacting the Masonic myth of Hiram Abiff, purported architect of Solomon’s Temple, who possessed knowledge of the mysteries of the universe. The murder and resurrection of Abiff are reenacted during Masonic initiation rites as the culmination of a three-part process through which a candidate progresses from the first degree of Entered Apprenticeship to the third of Master Mason.
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~ by Ashleigh Inglis on April 10, 2010.

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