• Dara Birnbaum_Attack Piece, 1975
  • Takahiko Iimura, “TV for TV”, 1983
  • Diana Thater, Snake River, 1994
  • Tony Oursler Psychomimetiscape 1987
  • Shigeko Kubota, River, 1979-81
  • Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman II, 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 in the exhibition include Dara Birnbaum, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Diana Thater, Maria Vedder, and others.

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

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.

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.

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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.

  • Dara Birnbaum, Attack Piece, 1975
    Two-channel video (transferred from film and slide footage), two stereo-channels of mono-mix audio, 7:40 min.
    Installation view: X-Screen. Film Installation and Actions in the 1960s and 1970s MUMOK, Museum Moderner-Kunst
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

  • Takahiko Iimura, TV for TV, 1983
    Two identical TV monitors face to face
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy the artist and Microscope Gallery

  • Diana Thater, Snake River, 1994
    3 video monitors, 3 media players, and 3 DVDs
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York / London

  • Tony Oursler, Psychomimetiscape, 1987
    Sculpture with two embedded monitors
    33 x 40 x 37 in.
    Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York

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

  • Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman II, 1995
    9 Antique TV cabinets, 2 cellos, 1 13” color TV, 2 5” color TVs, 8 9’ color TVs and a 2 channel original Paik video
    92 x 68 x 24 in. (233.68 x 172.72 x 60.96 cm)
    Courtesy Rose Art Museum, Brandeis Universeity, Hays Acquisition Fund