Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Projection 4 (P), 1997, 1 of 162 projected slides.


Baltimore Museum of Art

With a nod to Kodak’s recent decision to discontinue production of the slide projector, “SlideShow” marks a transition in visual culture—from analog to digital media—and looks back at forty years of slide-projection art. But the remarkable quality of work presented here, including compelling contemporary selections and rarely seen pieces by such artists as Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Jan Dibbets, and James Coleman makes it less a commemoration than a provocative curatorial achievement—though warranting one caveat. Organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Darsie Alexander, the show may still raise eyebrows for its unapologetic positing of slide projection as a medium with its own historical set of technological supports (arising from modes of projection beginning with magic lanterns in the seventeenth century) and procedural conventions (the techniques of successive display emerging from

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