Brown Foundation Gallery
The Culture Intercom
On View: May 14 – July 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2011 | 7-9PM
Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom is the first museum survey of the work of media art pioneer Stan VanDerBeek, exploring his investigation of the links between art, technology, and communication. Surveying the artist’s remarkable body of work in collage, experimental film, performance, participatory, and computer-generated art over three decades, Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom highlights his pivotal contribution to today’s media-based artistic practices. The exhibition features a selection of early paintings and collages, a selection of his pioneering films, recreations of immersive projection and film environments, documentation of site-specific and telecommunications projects, and material related to this influential writing on media.
CAMH and MIT List Visual Arts Center (on view February 3 – April 3, 2011)
Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Joao Ribas, Curator of MIT List Visual Arts Center
A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom, providing a critical context for VanDerBeek’s role in the formation of new media art. Through scholarly research on several facets of his practice, including the concept of “expanded cinema” and his contributions to media theory, the catalogue highlights the fusing of technology, film, performance, and multimedia that define VanDerBeek’s place in the aesthetics of media art. Along with essays by the two exhibition curators, the catalogue will feature short interviews with many of VanDerBeek’s prominent collaborators, giving unique insight into the aims and methodologies employed throughout his artistic career.
Additional contributors include Jane Farver, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Jacob Proctor, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art; Gloria Sutton, art historian and curator on the faculty of the Master’s program, Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere, Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California; and Michael Zyrd, Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at the Department of Film and Graduate Program Director for MA and PhD programs in Cinema and Media Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.