Nam June Paik

Bakelite Robot, 2002

Meet our newest acquisition, Bakelite Robot.

Nam June Paik (1932–2006) is referred to as the “Father of Video Art” because he transformed the medium of video into an art form, starting in the 1960s. MAG’s major acquisition, Bakelite Robot, comes from a late, productive period of the artist’s life, only four years before his death. Paik used found objects—Bakelite radios popular in American homes from the 1930s to 1950s—to form a humanistic robot, adding screens with looped videos created by the artist.

installed 1/30/19

MAG’s Senior Consulting Curator of Media Arts John G. Hanhardt is the leading authority on Paik and has organized major retrospectives at the Whitney Museum (1982), Guggenheim (2000), and Smithsonian American Art Museum (2013).

photo: Andy Olenick