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Friederike Pezold, Die neue leibhaftige Zeichensprache (The New Embodied Sign Language), (1973–76) installation view. Four digitized videos. Dimensions variable. 10 minutes each. Hamburger Kunsthalle. Photo: Kyle Knodell.

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 shines a spotlight on a body of work in the history of video art that has been largely overlooked since its inception while simultaneously placing it within the history of sculpture. Exploring the connections between our current moment and the point at which video art was transformed dramatically with the entry of large-scale, cinematic installation into the gallery space, Before Projection presents a tightly focused survey of monitor-based sculpture made between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s.

From video art’s beginnings, artists engaged with the sculptural properties of the television set, as well as the possibilities afforded by juxtaposing multiple moving images. Before Projection focuses on the period after very early experimentation in video and before video art’s full arrival—coinciding with the wide availability of video projection equipment—in galleries and museums alongside painting and sculpture.

The exhibition features work by Dara Birnbaum, Ernst Caramelle, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Friederike Pezold, Diana Thater, and Maria Vedder.

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center. The presentation at SculptureCenter is organized by SculptureCenter Executive Director and Chief Curator, Mary Ceruti with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs.

Related Programming:
SC Conversations: Single Channel, Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6 pm
SC Conversations: Sculpture, Screens, and Space, Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 pm

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is on view at SculptureCenter through December 17, 2018.

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