March 22, 2013

Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art

Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art

April 5—Summer 2013

John G. Hanhardt, Guest Curator
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6:00–8:00 pm
Members Preview: Gallery talk by John G. Hanhardt at 5:30 pm

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art. Opening Reception, First Friday, April 5th, 6–8 pm; Members Preview: Gallery talk by internationally-recognized guest curator John G. Hanhardt at 5:30 pm, whose recent project Nam June Paik: Global Visionary is on view through August 11 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art draws from a long history of independent film, video, and installation art practices from the 1970s to the present, and includes numerous projects from artists Sadie Benning, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Ayoka Chenzira, Tony Cokes and Donald Trammel, VALIE EXPORT, Alexander Kluge, Pepón Osorio, Nam June Paik (with Charlotte Moorman), Adrian Piper, Jason Simon, and Javier Téllez.
An important feature of film and media art in the late 20th century has been the exploration of point of view and the construction of self. These themes have been treated in an array of strategies, including the cinema, single-channel videotapes, and installations. Much of this work examines how we see ourselves and the world around us through the objectifying lens of the camera. Artists have also used language in new ways to engage viewers and to conceptualize thought processes. The artists included here have used the moving image both to destabilize the authority of the camera and to acknowledge its power to communicate. — John G. Hanhardt
This exhibition occupies the galleries of FWM with three installations, two videotapes, and a screening room in the New Temporary Contemporary that features a program of six single-channel videotapes. The artworks are presented in dialogue with each other to address different conceptual and stylistic issues, themes, and narratives.
About the Curator
John G. Hanhardt has a long career devoted to representing film and the media arts in museum exhibition, collection and archival programs. He received his M.A. in 1970 from New York University, Department of Cinema Studies. He began his career at the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art and went on to establish the film program and film study collection at the Walker Art Center. In 1974, he was appointed Curator and Head of the Film and Video Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. While there, he directed the New American Film and Video Series—which featured independent film and video art—commissioned art projects, and expanded the museum’s collection to include video installation art. In 1996, he joined the Guggenheim Museum as Senior Curator of Film and the Media Arts, developing its international exhibition program, as well as video installation art collection. Since 2006, he has been Consulting Senior Curator for Film and Media Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where he is developing exhibitions, collections, and archives in film and the media arts. Hanhardt curated the recently established Nam June Paik Archive at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as the exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary that is on view through August 11, 2013.
Among his many exhibitions are Re-Visions: Projects & Proposals in Film and Video (1979), Nam June Paik (1982), Yoko Ono: Films (1989), Andy Warhol’s Video and Television (1991), and the film and video selections for the Whitney Biennials from 1975 to 1995. At the Guggenheim Museum he organized exhibitions in New York, Bilbao, and Berlin. Among his exhibitions are Bill Viola: Fire, Water, Breath (1997), The Worlds of Nam June Paik (2000), as well as commissioning Bill Viola’s large scale video installation Going Forth by Day (2002) and Shu Lea Cheang’s internet art project Brandon.
Hanhardt has organized several conferences addressing the diverse histories of film and media art practices, and has lectured and taught at many colleges and universities.  In addition, he has published extensively, contributing to catalogues, journals as well as editing the influential anthology Video Culture: A Critical Investigation (1986).


Also on View
Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—To Make the Thing that Makes the Things at FWM's New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch, multi-disciplinary project with FWM, in partnership with Art Sanctuary, until Late Spring 2013
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund; Amy Stone, Art Ancora; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Arcadia Foundation; The Barra Foundation; Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Claneil Foundation; The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation; The Honickman Foundation; Independence Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; Knight Foundation; LEF Foundation; LLWW Foundation; Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc.; Louis N. Cassett Foundation; Mondriaan Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New Millennium Charitable Foundation; The New York Community Trust; Nimoy Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; PNC Foundation; PNC Arts Alive; Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service; The Quaker Chemical Foundation; Samuel S. Fels Fund; Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Uplands Family Foundation; and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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