Leading Curators to Explore Latest Developments in Video Art in Special Conversation at Sagamore Hotel

Cricket Taplin, John Hanhart, & Doreen Lima

Cricket Taplin, John Hanhart, & Doreen Lima

Sharing new images, new perspectives and a new look at video art, two of the country’s leading curators will join in a conversation on the topic prior to a new installation that opens Nov. 19 at the Sagamore Hotel.

Lori Zippay, executive director of Electronic Arts Intermix, and John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will engage in conversation exploring the history and latest developments in video art at 7pm. During this discussion, Zippay will share insights on a new installation she curated, “Screen Play: Moving Image Art,” which will be displayed at the Sagamore during Art Basel in December.

“Screen Play: Moving Image Art” brings together a selection of artworks presenting artists’ dynamic engagements with the moving image across six decades. The works highlight the relation of the moving image to other artistic media and forms—performance, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, cinema—while actively engaging the distinctive languages of video, film and digital media. Works by emerging as well as internationally recognized artists speak to the rich histories and vital current practices of art based in moving image media.

Art Talk Sagamore“We look forward to sharing insights into the moving image and this exhibition of video art from EAI’s archives,” Zippay said. “These works range from playful investigations of time and space to explorations of current social and cultural landscapes. Together they reveal the innovative strategies and creative visions of artists who create vibrant interactions with contemporary art, media and culture.”

Known for its art, the Sagamore Hotel is located at 1671 Collins Avenue in South Beach. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will encounter artists’ moving image works in the hotel’s public spaces as well as a dedicated “EAI channel” on the televisions in guest rooms.

Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI’s core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of more than 3,500 new and historical video works by artists. For more than 43 years, EAI has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of video art, and more recently, digital art projects.

Gayla Gordon & friendsAs executive director of Electronic Arts Intermix, Zippay has been active in video art exhibition, distribution and preservation for more than 30 years, curating EAI’s major collection of new and historical media artworks. She has organized numerous video exhibitions, including the 2012 survey exhibition Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive for Dia: Beacon, and Kinetic Histories at LABoral in Gijon, Spain (2011), and has organized numerous video programs and screenings at international venues. In addition, Zippay has lectured, taught, and written extensively on media art and developed numerous curatorial, preservation and educational projects with emerging and established artists. She has served on numerous international panels, symposia, festival juries and boards, including the Advisory Committee for the first Gwangju Biennial in South Korea.

John G. Hanhardt is consulting senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hanhardt was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from 1996 to 2006. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Before that, he established the film program and film study collection at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn. He began his museum career in the department of film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Hanhardt currently is preparing an edition of Nam June Paik’s collected writings for MIT Press and writing a book on Bill Viola for Thames & Hudson. He also is the managing editor for the second volume of the Andy Warhol film catalogue raisonné that will be co-published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Yale University Press.

Artists featured in the upcoming exhibit include: John Baldessari, Michael Bell-Smith, Dara Birnbaum, Merce Cunningham, Nan Hoover, Alex Hubbard, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, Richard Moore, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Jacolby Satterwhite Steina, Leslie Thornton and Lawrence Weiner.

About Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI’s core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of more than 3,500 new and historical video works by artists. For more than 43 years, EAI has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of video art, and more recently, digital art projects.


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