In terms of the long sweep of art history, video art is a very new phenomenon. Born in the mid-1960s, video has become ubiquitous in the modern world. While YouTube alone launches 48 hours of video every minute, the art of video is another matter. With affordable cameras and editing equipment readily available along with ever increasing platforms, especially over the internet, it is more important than ever to keep a watchful eye on the history and progress of video art as an art.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 explores the development of video art from its earliest presentation to the present day. Taking over two floors of the Zaha Hadid-designed building, the exhibition traces the impact various artists have had on the art form—from its birth in the 1960s with artists Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik, to the performative work of influential women artists such as Joan Jonas, to the rarely-seen work of international artists continuing to push the media forward today. Given the countless number of artists throughout the world who have turned to video in the last 50 years, this exhibition can only offer a sampling. Guiding the curatorial choices for individual works is the impact each artist has had on subsequent decades of artists. In addition to these individual works (some in the form of installations) there will be a collection of single-channel videos from across the globe representing historical and contemporary video artists.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 is one of the final exhibitions conceived by Michael Rush—the museum’s founding director who was internationally recognized for his observations on video art and authorship of a pioneering survey on the subject, Video Art, published by Thames and Hudson.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 traveled to CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China, and Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, in Guangzhou, China.
Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965–2015 is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Caitlín Doherty, Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund and the MSU Broad’s general exhibitions fund.