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"Outer and Inner Space: A Video Exhibition in Three Parts"
2002-01-19 until 2002-08-18
Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Outer and Inner Space brings exemplary international video art to
Virginia. It presents recent major works by Pipilotti Rist (born in Switzerland
in 1967), Shirin Neshat (born in Iran in 1957)), and Jane and Louise Wilson
(born in England in 1967), three of the most significant artists to emerge in the
past decade. They make large-scale installations, creating environments of
moving images and sound with multiple video projections. Their extraordinary
works have been shown at major international venues, but never before in the
Southeastern United States. The exhibition will take place in three eight-week
installments, each exploring the relationship between interior states of mind
and external reality.
Outer and Inner Space places the three recent video installations in the
context of classic video art from the 1960s to early 1980s. These early works
of single-channel, monitor-based video art by the pioneering generations will
be shown in an adjoining gallery; a different selection of early works will be
paired with each installation. Video art has traveled an immense distance from
its rough-edged, hand-held origins to the present. Advances include
technological sophistication, grandeur of effect, and an ability to transport
viewers to an experiential space between reality and fiction. Showing classics
with recent work emphasizes video arts development and helps viewers
appreciate it as a discipline with its own history, underlying formal issues and
broadly shared thematic concerns.
Pipilotti Rist, Sip My Ocean
Jan. 19–March 17, 2002
Sip My Ocean treats themes of love, loss, and body politics in a
mesmerizing double-screen projection. It is accompanied by a
selection of early works addressing related themes by Vito Acconci,
Eleanor Antin, Lynda Benglis, Dara Birnbaum, Cecelia Condit, Joan
Jonas, Paul McCarthy, Nam June Paik, Martha Rosler, William
Wegman, and Hannah Wilke.
Shirin Neshat, Rapture
April 6-June 2, 2002
Rapture uses lush black-and-white projections on opposite walls to
explore the strict division between men and women in some Islamic
countries. A selection of early videos treats related themes of gender
roles, cultural identity and spatial divides. Included are works by
Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Vito Acconci, Klaus vom Bruch, Shirley
Clarke, Juan Downey, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas,
Charlemagne Palestine, Howardena Pindell, Daniel Reeves, Edin
Velez, and Bill Viola. Music composed by Sussan Deyhim, who will
perform at the museums April 5 Fast/Forward.
Jane and Louise Wilson, Stasi City
June 22-Aug. 18, 2002
Using four projectors simultaneously in opposite corners of the room,
Stasi City presents a dynamic and disorienting view of the
abandoned headquarters of the former East German secret police.
Works by Ant Farm and T. R. Uthco, James Byrne, Peter Campus,
Dan Graham, Mary Lucier, Branda Miller, Bruce Nauman, Marcel
Odenbach, Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut, Charlemagne Palestine,
Richard Serra, Steina, and Bill Viola explore related themes of vision,
anxiety, surveillance and power.
This exhibition explores mature themes and several works
contain some nudity. Under age 17 must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian.