Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1975-1995 recovers 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. In the 1970s with video being explored as a new art form, many media artists were making “single-screen” tapes for monitor display and, increasingly from the 1980s onwards, elaborate environments assembling large numbers of monitors in architectural configurations, video walls, or room installations incorporating other objects. Unlike cinematic projection, these video works were less interested in pictorial space and narrative but rather articulated a range of conceptual and thematic concerns related to the medium of television, the still and the moving image, seriality, figuration, and identity. This exhibition will present a re-evaluation of monitor-based sculpture since the 1980’s and serve as a tightly focused survey of works that have been rarely seen in the last twenty years. Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1975-1995 is presented in conjunction with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s upcoming exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.
Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1975-1995 is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.
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, the Office of the 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.