Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, and the Video Body

March 16, 2018
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
In a long view of a black and white gallery space, several video sculptures are displayed.

Installation view, Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2018. Photo: Peter Harris Studio.

Join List Visual Arts Center and Marina Isgro, the Nam June Paik Research Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, in a discussion about Paik, his longtime collaborator Charlotte Moorman, and the construction of the gendered body in early video art. Responding to Paik’s sculpture Charlotte Moorman II (1995), on view in Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995the talk will consider Moorman’s positioning as a “living sculpture” during her performances and her portrayal in Paik’s later multimedia portraits. Expanding to address works by female video artists including Friederike Pezold and Dara Birnbaum, the talk will consider how the fragmentation, negative space, and temporal juxtapositions allowed by multiple-monitor sculpture can create new images of embodied experience.

About the Speaker

Marina Isgro is an art historian and curator specializing in the art of the 1960s. She is currently organizing, with Mary Schneider Enriquez, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, an exhibition of Nam June Paik’s work at the Harvard Art Museums. Her dissertation charted the development of kinetic art in the postwar period, examining the language of animacy that surrounded moving artworks in relation to broader artistic and social debates about the agentic potential of objects. A Fulbright scholar, she received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Princeton University.

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