previews

  • Stan VanDerBeek, Breathdeath, 1963, still from 16mm black-and-white film transferred to DVD, fifteen minutes.

    Stan VanDerBeek, Breathdeath, 1963, still from 16mm black-and-white film transferred to DVD, fifteen minutes.

    Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom

    MIT List Visual Arts Center
    20 Ames Street E15
    February 4–April 3, 2011

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    May 14–July 31, 2011

    Curated by Bill Arning, Mark Bartlett, and João Ribas

    In recent years, Stan VanDerBeek’s role as a mixed-media visionary has been receiving increased recognition. With this first museum survey, the artist finally gets his due as an expanded-cinema pioneer and a theorist of “culture-intercom”—his name for the global network emerging with the proliferation of screen-based technologies. Incorporating some one hundred works, the show includes VanDerBeek’s earliest Beat-inspired paintings and collages, his well-known collage films, his lesser known multiscreen works, and pieces that harness technologies such as primitive computer animation systems and fax machines. A scholarly catalogue, with essays by the curators as well as by art historians Jacob Proctor, Gloria Sutton, and Michael Zryd, accompanies the show. Travels to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, May 14–July 31.