On Art and Artists

The majority of the On Art and Artists collection represents almost 40 years of producing and acquiring interviews with contemporary artists, architects, theorists, and critics. The collection features interviews made by the Video Data Bank and co-founders Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield, as well as by other individual producers and producing organizations such as Artists Television Network, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University of Colorado visiting artist program. In addition, the collection includes a number of titles relating to the artists' process, including experimental documentaries and profiles.

Rirkrit Tiravaniha: An Interview
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Rirkrit Tiravanija’s work explores the social role of the artist, and that role’s ability to create interactive spaces for people to come together. Focusing less on the construction of discrete objects, he maintains a practice predicated on diffuse...

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Interviews

Tags: conceptual art, interview, vdb interviews, visiting artists program

Marisa Olson: An Interview
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Growing up in the early computer age, around machines like the Commodore 64, had a formative effect on Marisa Olson and her subsequent artistic career. Now operating across a diverse spectrum of media including video, performance, and even the...

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Interviews

Tags: interview, multimedia, technology, vdb interviews

Simone Forti: An Interview
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The later 1950s and early 1960s saw the development and proliferation of radically new forms of dance driven by a desire to understand the essentiality of movement divorced from traditional, balletic and modern syntaxes. At the forefront of this new...

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: body, dance, interview, performance, vdb interviews

J. Morgan Puett: A Practice of Be(e)ing
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J. Morgan Puett is an internationally renowned artist living on a 95-acre compound in the deciduous forests of northeastern Pennsylvania. Touching on ideas of creative domestication, radical pedagogy, and a critical engagement with one’s environment...

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: artist portraits, artist spaces, documentary, installation, landscape, portrait, visual art

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Founded in 1997, the Arab Image Foundation preserves the legacy and collection of photographer Hashem el Madani and the Sheherazade photo studio.

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: artist portraits, documentary, feature length, photography

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Since the early 1970s Rackstraw Downes has committed himself to painting from observation, on site, from start to finish. He has painted both urban and rural landscapes as well as interior spaces, in New York, Texas, and Maine. Although he paints...

 

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: artist spaces, documentary, landscape, painting, visual art

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An intimate portrait of the artist at his home in San Francisco, this film delves into Mike Kuchar's life and work. The artist portrait explores, among other things, Kuchar's movie/music collections, his mysterious Casablanca editing system and the...

 

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: artist portraits, documentation, video history, visual art

Marcia Tucker 1974: An Interview
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In April 1974, Video Data Bank co-founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield conducted their first interview, an in-depth conversation with art historian and curator Marcia Tucker. During the remainder of that year, Blumenthal and Horsfield went on...

 

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Artist Compilations

Tags: art criticism, art history, blumenthal/horsfield interviews, feminism

Susan Mogul, Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter
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In 1975, the Feminist Studio Workshop (I was a member) at the Woman’s Building in LA, the Women’s Interart Center in New York City, and another feminist organization in Washington DC, attempted to set up a video exchange among feminist art...

 

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, art history, artist spaces, documentation, feminism, gender, tv production