The Eternal Frame

1976 | 00:22:19 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, History, Media Analysis, Performance, Politics, Video History

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Irreverent yet poignant, The Eternal Frame is a re-enactment of the assassination of John F. Kennedy as seen in the famous Zapruder film. This home movie was immediately confiscated by the FBI, yet found its way into the visual subconscious of the nation. The Eternal Frame concentrates on this event as a crucial site of fascination and repression in the American mindset.

"The intent of this work was to examine and demystify the notion of the presidency, particularly Kennedy, as image archetype...."

— Doug Hall, 1984 

This title is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2, and an excerpt of this title (4:00) is also available on Presidents and Elections.