Los Angeles

California Video

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
March 15–June 8, 2008

Curated by Glenn Phillips

In 2006, the Getty Research Institute acquired the important Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, suddenly (and quietly) incorporating one of the largest institutional collections of video art into its own holdings. Bringing selections from the newly combined collection together with special loans, this exhibition, which spans nearly the past four decades, will be the first major survey of video art produced in the Golden State. More than seventy single-channel videos and installations will be contributed by Eleanor Antin, Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Diana Thater, and fifty-four others, some of whom—like David Askevold and Tony Labat—will show never-before-exhibited works. There should be ample opportunity to evaluate the central role video played in the development of art in California, where, in the shadow of the culture industry, artists bent the means of mass communication to their own ends.