• Lisette Model

    Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
    Museumsplatz 1
    June 28–October 15, 2000

    Third in a series of exhibitions devoted to émigré Austrian artists, this eighty-plus-work survey of photographs taken between 1933 and 1961, organized by Viennese curator Monika Faber, situates Model in the context of an exiled artist whose understanding of social life was colored by her outsider status. Plausible enough: Consider Model's caustic photographs of the wealthy (first in Nice, then in New York City) and her sympathetic portrayals of those below the poverty line (often from the New York's Lower East Side). But the premise won't come as a surprise to anyone who knows Model best for having set Diane Arbus on her collision course with the disturbed and dispossessed.

  • RE-PLAY: Beginnings of International Media Art in Austria

    Generali Foundation
    Wiedner Hauptstraße 15
    May 12–August 6, 2000

    With this ambitious multimedia show, curators Sabine Breitwieser and Heidi Grundmann focus on work from the late '60s to the early '80s, juxtaposing Austrian artists (Ernst Caramelle, Valie Export, Friederike Pezold, and Peter Weibel) with their internationally better-known counterparts (Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Shigeko Kubota, and Joan Jonas). Including some 25 video-and-audio installations, telecommunication projects, and 180 single-channel videos, the exhibition should offer a fresh perspective on the conventional narrative of video history and prove that Vienna is home to more than one political ideology. A comprehensive catalogue accompanies the show.