Video Art from the 1960s and ’70s [us Los Angeles]

Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s :: New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape ::: The Sum of Myself: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection :::: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA.

VIDEO SCREENING: Vital Signals: Japanese and American Video Art from the 1960s and 70s is a three-part screening program presented in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) that investigates the correspondence between the pioneering, and rarely seen, works of artists experimenting with video in both Japan and America.

• October 6 – The Language of Technology: Featuring works by James Byrne, Computer Technique Group (CTG), Gary Hill, Takahiko Iimura, Ando Kohei, Toshio Matsumoto, Nam June Paik, and Keigo Yamamoto.

• October 13 – Open Television: Featuring works by Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Saburo Muraoka, Nam June Paik, TVTV (Top Value Television), Keiji Uematsu, Video Hiroba, and Video Information Center.

• October 20 – Body Acts: Featuring works by John Baldessari, Mako Idemitsu, Norio Imai, Joan Jonas, Hakudo Kobayashi, and William Wegman.

EXHIBITION: New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape :: October 25, 2009 – January 3, 2010: A restaging of the landmark 1975 exhibition that first presented ten photographers: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr. thus signaling a new photographic approach critically engaged with the consequences of man’s interaction with the land. Plus the Los Angeles-based Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) presents California Oil Landscan. Commissioned by LACMA, this video projection installation serves as a contemporary response to the legacy of New Topographics.

Related Artist Talks & Book Signings:

• October 10 – Mitch Epstein, American Power
• October 25 – Frank Gohlke, Thoughts on Landscape: Collected Writings and Interviews.

Related Exhibition Walkthroughs: Join six contemporary Los Angeles-based artists as they share their reflections on the exhibition New Topographics.

• November 1 – Mark Ruwedel
• November 8 – Amir Zaki
• November 15 – Peter Holzhauer
• November 22 – Shannon Ebner
• December 6 – Kim Stringfellow
• December 13 – Catherine Opie

Related Symposium:

November 7 – What’s At Stake? A day-long discussion addressing issues of curatorial re-staging and the legacy of New Topographics with regard to urban studies, ecology and architecture.

Speakers include: Matthew Coolidge (Center for Land Use Interpretation), Douglas Crimp, Norman Klein, Miwon Kwon, Richard Meyer, Edward Robinson, Britt Salvesen and other special guests forthcoming. Followed by a sneak preview of Jim Venturi’s Learning from Bob and Denise, a documentary about his parents, the architecture team Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

This event is made possible through a collaboration with The Contemporary Project at USC. The Contemporary Project is a multi-year initiative to create new forms of dialogue between the academic community and the art world.

EXHIBITION: The Sum of Myself: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection :: October 25, 2009 – January 3, 2010: This exhibition presents the visually compelling and psychologically charged terrain covered within the enduring theme of self-portraiture. Spanning photo history, included are works by Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie, Douglas Gordon, Walker Evans, Irving Penn, and Robert Heinecken. Concluding with Testament, an installation by LA-based artist Natalie Bookchin, a revealing edit of video blogs and diaries from the web that analyzes contemporary expressions of self.

Related Artist Talk:

• December 1 – Natalie Bookchin: The Collective Construction of Self in the Digital Age


WORDS WITHOUT PICTURES: One year of conversations about the most provocative and challenging issues facing contemporary photography. With over 90 contributors, the book features some of the most interesting and innovative practitioners and thinkers about photography today including: George Baker, Walead Beshty, Sarah Charlesworth, Harrell Fletcher, Paul Graham, Leslie Hewitt, Sharon Lockhart, Carter Mull, Allen Ruppersberg, James Welling, and many others.

The Sun as Error: Artist Shannon Ebner extends her exploration of photography, sculpture and language in this remarkable book. In collaboration with designers Dexter Sinister, The Sun as Error creates both an open-ended reading of her practice and a rethinking of the idea of an artist’s monograph.

Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA (available December 2009) :: December 5th – Book launch and reception: A comprehensive look at Machine Project’s take over of LACMA on November 15th, 2008. A field guide to over sixty performances, interventions and temporary additions to the museum. With essays by Charlotte Cotton, Mark Allen, Joshua Beckman, Jason Brown, Ken Ehrlich, Liz Glynn and more.

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All programs are organized by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and are supported in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.

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