Posts Tagged ‘video art’

“Culture Wars” discussion online

April 4, 2011

Culture Wars: Then and Now, a series of discussions and presentations exploring the issues of freedom of expression and public support of the arts, is now available online. The conference came in response to the recent controversy over the Smithsonian Institution’s “Hide/Seek” exhibition and the resulting congressional threats to remove funding for national arts programs (see our earlier post here). The conference was held March 26, 2011 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and was sponsored by Transformer, The National Coalition Against Censorship, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and College of Art + Design. Topics include: “Culture Wars Redux: What did we (what do we) consider offensive?” and “Give Me a Revolution: Artists’ Response to Censorship.”

Culture wars at the Smithsonian

December 2, 2010

After harsh criticism from conservative groups and several Republican members of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has removed David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from their exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” Martin Sullivan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, opted for self-censorship in an attempt to protect the GLBT-theFire in my bellymed exhibition but not before another debate over federal funding for the arts was ignited. Eric Cantor, future Majority Leader, has called for closure of “Hide/Seek” because it is “an outrageous use of taxpayer money.”  The spokesman for John Boehner, the future House Speaker, stated that “Smithsonian officials should either acknowledge the mistake and correct it, or be prepared to face tough scrutiny beginning in January when the new majority in the House moves [in].” Martin Sullivan has issued a statement on the exhibition and is soliciting public comments. If you want to  read more about the controversy, here are a few links to help you get started: TBDArts blog, npr, CultureGrrl blog, Washington Post, CNN.

New videos in the VRF

November 1, 2010

This past year, we added a number of new, interesting videos to the VRF media collections. This isn’t a complete list of all recent DVD additions but here are a few highlights:
Pryings by Vito Acconci (Video Data Bank), The Blindness Series by T. Kim-Trang Tran (Video Data Bank), Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think (Artcore Film), Alice Neel (Arthouse Films), Marion Cajori’s Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Artist (Christian Blackwood), The Giant Buddhas by Christian Frei, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (Big Beard Films), Rural (Aspect — Chronicle of New Media, Volume 10), Cinemad: Almanac 2009 (Mike Plante, curator), Valie Export: 3 Experimental Short Films (ARGE Index), Chiara Clemente’s Our City Dreams (First Run Features), Herb and Dorothy by Megumi Sasaki (Arthouse Films), Beautiful Losers (Sidetrack Films) and the 2 volume set Treasures from American Film Archives: IV, Avant-Garde, 1947-1986 (National Film Preservation Foundation). Our complete video holdings can be found in our catalog (see the link to our Image Database in the menu on the right)