The Museum of Modern Art

For Immediate Release October 1992


October 15, 1992 - January 3, 1993

An exhibition highlighting the advances made in independent video in the 1970s and 1980s opens at The Museum of Modern Art on October 15, 1992. Comprising thirty-four videotapes, the exhibition reflects some of the political, social, and technological concerns in alternative media of the last twenty years. VIDEO: TWO DECADES is on view through January 3, 1993.

Arranged loosely by genres, the works in the exhibition illustrate how video artists’ approach to their subject matter and tools have evolved. While television has irrevocably altered the way we envision the world, video has helped redefine the role of art and artists in society. The exhibition is divided into four categories: Gender and Conventions (Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975, and Dara Birnbaum’s Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry, 1979), Individual Voices (Kieko Tsuno’s Story of Vinh, 1990, and Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied, 1989), Media and Process (Laurie Anderson's0 Superman, 1981, and Peter Callas’s Neo-Geo, 1989), and Performance and the Body (Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas’s Blue Studio: Five Segments, 1975, and Paul Dougherty, Walter Robinson, and Edit Deak’s Frankie Teardrop, 1978)

The 1970s and 1980s saw the personal computer enter the work place as well as the home, and videocassette players and portable color video cameras were made available to the consumer market. At the same time, enormous advances were made in video technology; what had been an awkward medium
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