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Pat O’Neill

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Recent years have seen a succession of exhibitions devoted to “expanded cinema,” a genre-busting category that includes everything from multiscreen projections to happening-like performances to early experiments with video and other electronic technologies. From the Whitney’s “Into the Light” to the Vienna Museum of Modern Art’s “X-Screen” to the ZKM in Karlsruhe’s “Future Cinema,” this once-neglected genre has returned to the artistic mainstream. With “Pat O’Neill: Views from Lookout Mountain,” the Santa Monica Museum of Art surveys the forty-five-year career of the eminent Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker, whose ten-minute film 7362 (1967) Gene Youngblood lauded in Expanded Cinema (1970) as paradigmatic of the “kinetic empathy” to be achieved in the “Paleocybernetic Age.”

While Youngblood popularized the term “expanded cinema,” his perspective was quickly marginalized as typically

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