Opening Reception for Before Projection: Video Sculpture on September 16

Dara Birnbaum, Ernst Caramelle, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Friederike Pezold, Diana Thater, and Maria Vedder
Opening Reception
Sunday, September 16, 5-7pm
On view September 17 – December 17, 2018
Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 shines a spotlight on a body of work in the history of video art that has been largely overlooked since its inception. The exhibition explores the connections between our current moment and the point just before video art was transformed dramatically by the entry of large-scale cinematic installation into the gallery space. Before Projection, which debuted at the List Visual Arts Center at MIT last spring, presents a re-evaluation of monitor-based sculpture since the mid-1970s with a tightly focused survey of works that have rarely been seen in the last twenty years.

Before Projection charts a history of video art that is coextensive with some of the most important developments in sculpture in the late twentieth century. By presenting canonized figures alongside artists who have rarely exhibited in the United States, this exhibition provides a new look at the historical context for artists working in sculpture, video, and installation and across media today. SculptureCenter is pleased to bring this important history and many of its under-recognized exponents to audiences in New York City.

Shigeko Kubota, River, 1979-81. Three-channel color video installation with steel trough, mirrors, motor and water. 32:17 min. Courtesy Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation, New York

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