Lyn Blumenthal

Died 1988

Lyn Blumenthal forged new directions and objectives for the field of independent video—not only creating important video pieces, but also envisioning alternative video as a critical voice within the culture, capable of exposing the numerous foibles and blind spots of mainstream media. Committed to the application of feminist theory to video practice, Blumenthal’s early ’80s art tapes investigate issues of women’s identity and sexuality as a crisis of representation. Her tapes weave together stunning visuals and theoretical analysis, most with an incisive humor that tears away the veil from cultural institutions such as television and the family.

Blumenthal was a founding co-director of the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"The world is divided between 'his' culture and 'her' nature. My own resistance to this demands that I am forever dodging his projects of representation, of reproduction, of his grasp. That this resistance should all too often take the form of a death struggle between two consciousnesses does not alter the fact that at stake here, somewhere, evermore insistent in its deathly hauteur, is the risk that the subject as self will crumble away. What if the 'object' started to speak?"
—Lyn Blumenthal

Available Titles by Lyn Blumenthal

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Arcade 1984 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lyn Blumenthal Videoworks: Volume 1 1998 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
Doublecross 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sarah Canright: An Interview 1979 On Art and Artists, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Social Studies, Part I: Horizontes 1983 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Social Studies, Part II: The Academy 1983 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Women with a Past 1987 On Art and Artists, Single Titles order video    add to wish list