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    “Art/Tapes/22”

    University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University
    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    September 4–October 19, 2008

    Curated by Alice Hutchison

    By turns lablike and homespun, early experimental video workshops were surprisingly widespread in an age of ascendant media privatization. Yet their cosmopolitan tenor is often lost. Art/Tapes/22, for example, run by Maria Gloria Bicocchi in Florence, Italy, between 1973 and 1976, was the first European studio for artist videos, and it attracted geographically and aesthetically diverse participants, including Joseph Beuys, Rebecca Horn, and Les Levine. This exhibition surveys the center’s astonishing output through thirty-four newly restored videotapes (many never before screened in the United States). Curator Alice Hutchison will provide a glimpse into the global possibilities of the televisual—from pirate station to public broadcasting, from the play on subtitling in John Baldessari’s Italian Tape, 1974, to a meditative video installation by Daniel Buren from the same year.