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Film, Video, and New Media at the Art Institute of Chicago with the Howard and Donna Stone Gift

Vol. 35, no. 1
Spring 2009
In print
Softcover $16.95
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In the mid-to-late 1960s, the accessibility of videotape, along with that of 8- and 16-millimeter film, revolutionized artistic production. By the 1990s, video—a term by then used to refer to moving-image technologies ranging from the filmic to the digital—had attained mainstream status, embraced by artists around the world. This exciting publication, the first ever devoted exclusively to the Art Institute’s growing collection of film and video (the first film object was acquired in 1966), will both record the emergence of a new medium over the last four decades and capture the current, quickly evolving state of the art. The project celebrates an important new gift to the museum’s Department of Contemporary Art, but at the same time survey recent acquisitions and reexamine important pieces that have been in the museum for some time. It also signals the establishment of a permanent exhibition space for new media in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, by Renzo Piano, Opening in May 2009.

Exploring over eighty works, ranging from those by early pioneers like Bruce Nauman and Nam June Paik to others by recent practitioners, including Doug Aitken, Sharon Lockhart, and Steve McQueen, Art Institute curators and staff will introduce readers to one of the museum’s most vital areas of acquisition. Like the museum’s collecting efforts, the publication will reflect the formal, technological, and geographic diversity of these media, showcasing works by artists such as Bhimji, Dean, Dijkstra, Huyghe, Julien, Neshat, Ray, and Sala, to name only a few.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2009
8 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.; 104 pages; 90 color illustrations
Softcover ISBN: 978-0-300-14690-5