April 7–June 18, 2017
For this exhibition, the Media Arts Watch gallery is a screening room with projected works by Terence Gower, Juan Downey, and Alexander Kluge.
The three artists work within and against the conventions of documentary film and video, pointing to the genre’s limitations while also positing new ways for using the moving image to represent history and culture.
shown: Juan Downey, Hard Times and Culture: Part One, Vienna ‘fin-de-siecle,’ 1990 (detail)
Media art includes artworks that explore the technologies and aesthetics of film as well as the emerging tools and practices in the realms of video, computers, virtual reality, the internet, software, and mobile devices.
John G. Hanhardt, is MAG’s consulting senior curator of media arts. Hanhardt began his museum career in the department of film and video at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and from there went to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to establish its film program and film study collection. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1996 to 2006. He joined the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s staff in 2006, and was a consulting senior curator of film and media arts there until 2016.
As a native of Rochester and University of Rochester alum, Hanhardt was inspired by photography, film, and media arts during frequent visits to the George Eastman Museum and by the programming of the Visual Studies Workshop.
A conversation with Isaac Julien, fine artist and filmmaker who came from London to Rochester, NY for a visit with curator Jonathan Binstock and John Hanhardt. #MediaArtsWatch