October 8, 2018 - SculptureCenter - Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
October 8, 2018

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Friederike Pezold, Die neue leibhaftige Zeichensprache (The New Embodied Sign Language), 1973–76. Installation view, four digitized videos, dimensions variable, 10 minutes each. Hamburger Kunsthalle. Photo: Kyle Knodell.

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
September 17–December 17, 2018

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Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
September 17–December 17, 2018

SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves St
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
Hours: Thursday–Monday 11am–6pm

T +1 718 361 1750
info@sculpture-center.org

www.sculpture-center.org
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SculptureCenter is pleased to present Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995.

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 while simultaneously placing it within the history of sculpture. Exploring the connections between our current moment and the point at which video art was transformed dramatically with the entry of large-scale, cinematic installation into the gallery space, Before Projection presents a tightly focused survey of monitor-based sculpture made between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s.

From video art’s beginnings, artists engaged with the sculptural properties of the television set, as well as the possibilities afforded by juxtaposing multiple moving images. Artists assembled monitors in multiple configurations and video walls, and from the 1980s onward incorporated TV sets into elaborate environments and architectural settings. In concert with technological advances, video editing and effects also grew more sophisticated. These video works articulated a range of conceptual and thematic concerns related to the television medium, the still and moving image, seriality, figuration, landscape, and identity. The material heft of the cube monitor (before the advent of the at-screen) anchored these works firmly in three-dimensional space.

Before Projection focuses on the period after very early experimentation in video and before video art’s full arrival—coinciding with the wide availability of video projection equipment—in galleries and museums alongside painting and sculpture. Proposing to examine what aesthetic claims these works might make in their own right, the exhibition aims to resituate monitor sculpture more fully into the narrative between early video and projection as well as assert its relevance for the development of sculpture in the late twentieth century.

The exhibition features work by Dara BirnbaumErnst CaramelleTakahiko IimuraShigeko KubotaMary LucierMuntadasTony OurslerNam June PaikFriederike PezoldDiana Thater, and Maria Vedder and is on view at SculptureCenter through December 17, 2018.

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center. The presentation at SculptureCenter is organized by SculptureCenter Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.

 

Related programming
Friederike Pezold: Canale Grande
Monday, October 1, 7:30pm at Anthology Film Archives

SC Conversations: Single Channel
Thursday, October 18, 6pm at SculptureCenter

SC Conversations: Sculpture, Screens, and Space
Thursday, November 15, 7pm at SculptureCenter

 

About SculptureCenter
SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture’s specific potential to change the way we engage with the world. Positioning artists’ work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter provides an international forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship.

Lead underwriting support of SculptureCenter’s Exhibition Fund has been generously provided by the Kraus Family Foundation. The New York presentation of Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is made possible with major support by Robert Soros.

SculptureCenter’s programs and operating support is provided by grants from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the A. Woodner Fund; New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director’s Circle. Additional funding is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and contributions from many generous individuals. SculptureCenter’s refreshed brand identity, website design, and online marketing initiatives are supported in part by the LuEsther T. Mertz Fund of The New York Community Trust.

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