Show preview: Sweeping video art survey opens in East Lansing at MSU next month

Lansing is clearly not in the Detroit metropolitan area, but Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 looks to be a great show of rarely seen work. I studied at NYU a bit with this guy Peter Campus who was a pioneer in video art in the early 1970s. Otherwise I'm not sure how I'd have been exposed to the stuff. I can't wait to drive out for this survey, and to give myself some time while there to sit through some of the programs. The press release follows. I embedded three works I know to be in the show with a few I hope are in there as well.
In terms of the long sweep of art history, video art is a very new phenomenon. Born in the mid-1960s, video has become ubiquitous in the modern world. While YouTube alone launches 48 hours of video every minute, the art of video is another matter. With affordable cameras and editing equipment readily available along with ever increasing platforms, especially over the internet, it is more important than ever to keep a watchful eye on the history and progress of video art as an art.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 explores the development of video art from its earliest presentation to the present day. Taking over two floors of the Zaha Hadid-designed building, the exhibition traces the impact various artists have had on the art form—from its birth in the 1960s with artists Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik, to the performative work of influential women artists such as Joan Jonas, to the rarely-seen work of international artists continuing to push the media forward today.

Untitled from KSOUTH on Vimeo.

Given the countless number of artists throughout the world who have turned to video in the last 50 years, this exhibition can only offer a sampling. Guiding the curatorial choices for individual works is the impact each artist has had on subsequent decades of artists. In addition to these individual works (some in the form of installations) there will be a collection of single-channel videos from across the globe representing historical and contemporary video artists.

Harun Farocki - Arbeiter verlassen di Fabrik (Workers leaving the factory) 1995 from Open File on Vimeo.

Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 is one of the final exhibitions conceived by Michael Rush—the museum’s founding director who was internationally recognized for his observations on video art and authorship of a pioneering survey on the subject, Video Art, published by Thames and Hudson.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad Endowed Exhibition Fund and the Broad MSU’s general exhibitions fund.

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Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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