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1999-10-16 until 2000-01-09
The Art Institute of Chicago
USA United States of America
October 16, 1999-January 9, 2000
Regenstein Hall, The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Building
One of the largest solo exhibitions ever devoted to the work of a video artist, Bill Viola
presents more than 14 video installations, along with 22 videotapes, drawings, and
notebooks of the past 25 years of Viola's career. The video installations, total
environments that often envelop the viewer in sound and image, incorporate sophisticated
state-of-the-art multi-media technologies. Viola demonstrates that these tools can be used
simply and gracefully in the service of art. Drawing from such inspirations as Islamic
Sufism, Christian mysticism, and Zen Buddhism, each artwork in the exhibition intertwines
video technology with spirituality, projecting a direct personal experience for the viewer.
In addition to the major video installation pieces, this mid-career survey of Viola's work also includes a screening of
the artist's acclaimed single-channel video works of the past 25 years, and a full complement of his preparatory
drawings and notebooks.
Bill Viola is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by David A. Ross and Peter Sellars.
The Chicago presentation of Bill Viola is curated by James Rondeau, associate curator of Contemporary Art,
Department of Twentieth-Century Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Sponsor: Bill Violais sponsored by VEBA.