• Ernst Caramelle, Video Ping Pong, 1974
  • Maria Vedder, PAL oder Never the Same Colour, 1988
  • Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
  • Shigeko Kubota, River, 1979-81
  • Adrian Piper, Out of the Corner, 1990
  • Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
  • Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
  • Muntadas, Credits, 1984
  • Mary Lucier, Equinox, 1979/2016
  • Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
  • Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
Hayden and Reference Galleries

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

ShowingFebruary 8, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Hayden and Reference Galleries

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 shines a spotlight on a historical moment and a body of work in the history of media art that has been largely overlooked since its inception.  The exhibition explores the connections between our current moment and the point at which video art was transformed dramatically with the entry of large-scale, cinematic installation into the gallery space. This exhibition will present a re-evaluation of monitor-based sculpture since the 1970’s and serve as a tightly focused survey of works that have been rarely seen in the last twenty years. Artists featured in the exhibition are Dara Birnbaum, Ernst Caramelle, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Friederike Pezold, Adrian Piper, Diana Thater, and Maria Vedder

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

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The exhibition is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston initiated this partnership to link concurrent exhibitions and programs related to the themes of the ICA exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Visit  aiai.icaboston.org for more information on the partnership and all of the area exhibitions and programs being offered.

Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene Demoulas & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed, and Terry & Rick Stone.   In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR.

Additional support for Before Projection: Video Projection 1974-1995 was provided by Lévy Gorvy and SPAIN arts & culture.

General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Council for the Arts at MIT, Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, the Mass Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.

  • Ernst Caramelle,  Video-Ping-Pong, 1974
    Two-channel, video installation, 2 monitors, 2 media players, metal shelves, ping pong table, paddles, and ping pong balls
    Reconstruction tale, metal-racks and technical equipment: Ernst Caramelle with Generali Foundation, 2000
    Courtesy Generali Foundation Collection, Permanent Loan to the Mueum der Moderne Salzburg

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

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

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

  • Shigeko Kubota, River, 1979-81
    Videotape, color, silent; three monitors, stainless–steel container, mirrors, pump, water
    Courtesy Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation, New York

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

  • Adrian Piper, Out of the Corner, 1990
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation

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

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

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

  • Muntadas, Credits, 1984
    Single-channel video, cube monitor, wall armature, 27:02 min.
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

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

  • Mary Lucier,  Equinox, 1979/2016
    Seven-channel video installation, color, sound; 33 min., continuous
    Courtesy the artist and Lennon Weinberg, New York

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

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

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

Press Coverage

  1. Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

    Video Projection | 4 Columns | Ed Halter

  2. Mary Lucier, Equinox, 1979/2016

    Summer 2018 Reply All: Exhibitions Around Boston Survey Connectivity in the Digital Age | ARTnews | Alex Greenberger

  3. Ernst Caramelle, Video Ping Pong, 1974

    Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 at MIT List Visual Arts Center | Contemporary Art Daily

  4. Dara Birnbaum, Attack Piece, 1975

    Changing Channels: Dara Birnbaum’s Televisual Art Comes into Focus | ARTNews | Alex Greenberger

  5. Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

    Perception and the Past: “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995” | Big Red & Shiny | Chelsea Coon

  6. Installation view: Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

    Take 12: Art + Tech Tackles our Brave New World | Art New England | Christopher Capozzola

  7. Mary Lucier, Equinox, 1979/2016

    ‘Before Projection’ Re-examines an Overlooked Art Form | Harvard Crimson | Tianxing V. Lan

  8. Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman II, 1995

    Art and Tech, in Harmony Tuning in to media-art history at the MIT List Visual Arts Center | MIT Spectrum Magazine

  9. Shigeko Kubota, River, 1979-81

    Q&A: Henriette Huldisch on video, art, and technology | MIT News Office | Sharon Lacey

  10. Takahiko Iimura, TV for TV, 1983

    ‘Art + Tech: A Citywide Collaboration’ casts a wide net over the Net | Boston Globe | Cate McQuaid

  11. Diana Thater, Snake River, 1994

    Boston's Cultural Institutions Explore How Technology Has Impacted Art | WBUR The Artery | Phaedra Scott

  12. Maria Vedder, PAL oder Never The Same Color, 1998

    Robot-Human Relationships? Cellphone Sofas? A Look At The 14 'Art + Tech' Exhibitions In The Boston Area | WBUR The Artery | Phaedra Scott

  13. Takahiko Iimura, TV for TV, 1983

    Museum Preview | Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 | Artforum | Ara Osterweil

  14. Art Tech Collaboration Graphic

    Boston arts groups team up for sprawling look at art, technology | Boston Globe | Malcolm Gay

  15. Diana Thater, Snake River, 1994

    ARTNews | Winter Preview: Museum Shows and Biennials Around the World | Before Projection: Video Sculpture: 1974-1995