Boston

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.

Boston

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.