The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present Single Screen Selections of Rare Film and Audio from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection, organized by Christopher Eamon, Curator of the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection. This selection of film and audio presents a rare opportunity to view works from the sixties and seventies by international artist better known for their work in other media. Divided into two exhibitions, Part One features artists William Allan, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Henning Christiansen, Christof Karlhofer, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Gilbert and George, and Bruce Nauman. While Part One remains on view, Part Two, featuring Video Sculpture, will open in FWM's 6th Floor West Gallery, with work by Larry Clark, Mariko Mori, Dara Birnbaum, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Dan Graham, and Alan Ruppersburg.
Central to many of the works in the exhibition is each artist's exploration of process and temporality as well as the function and role of the artist in his work. The work, much of it collaborative, offers a glimpse into a period when artistic experimentation with the moving image was at an historical peak. Each of the pieces presented here dovetails with performance-based practices central to the earliest film and video production.
One of the most important private collections of video and new media art, the Kramlich Collection spans the decades from early performance-related video in the 1960s to recent film, video, and digital installations that play such a crucial role in contemporary art practice. The Kramlichs began collecting video art in the 1980s and established the New Art Trust to encourage the scholarship and conservation of new media art. The collection has been featured in major museum exhibitions at The San Francisco Museum of Modem Art (Seeing Time: Selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection of Media Art, 1999-2000) and in New York City at PS1 Contemporary Art Center (Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust, 2002-2003).