Andy Warhol's work in film, video and television is legendary. Not only did Warhol record his personal and cultural environment incessantly as part of his artistic project, he was also the subject and inspiration of many other artists' works. EAI is pleased to present a number of video and film works that feature Warhol, his art, and his social milieu of Superstars, musicians, and celebrities. From the intimate diaries of Jonas Mekas to the lyrical explorations of Marie Menken, these works capture one of the 20th century's most significant artists, his everyday life and his art.
William Wegman is widely known for his work in photography, painting, drawing and video. A postmodern, conceptual humorist, he was termed a "master of whimsy, whose [works] have a charm and absurdist intelligence sometimes worthy of Beckett," by The New Yorker. Best known for his portraits of his Weimeraner dogs, Wegman created a series of comedic, performance-based tapes in the 1970s. Featuring his dog Man Ray, these droll anecdotes remain video classics.
A key figure in Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner has long pursued inquiries into language and the art-making process. From his pioneering installation works of the 1960s and '70s through his new digital projects, Weiner posits a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship and the very nature of the artwork. Translating his investigations into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and manifestations, Weiner has also produced books, films, videos, performances and audio works.
Public television station WGBH in Boston was one of the earliest supporters of video art for broadcast television. In the 1960s and '70s, WGBH commissioned, produced and aired experimental tapes by artists, including several seminal anthologies. In 1974 the New Television Workshop was founded for video artists-in-residence. Artists such as Peter Campus and Nam June Paik produced major works while in residence there.
Joshua White is a New York-based artist, director and producer. He made his mark as the creator and director of the legendary Joshua Light Show at Bill Graham's Fillmore East in the late 1960s. White went on to design psychedelic light shows for Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, among others, and later directed episodes of television programs such as Seinfeld, The Max Headroom Show and Inside the Actors' Studio. White has also collaborated for many years with artist Michael Smith on multi-media installations and video works.
In the 1970s and early '80s, Hannah Wilke produced performance tapes that examine sex and sexuality, feminism and femininity, the body and its representation. Wilke explores gesture in relation to gender and power, using her own image to confront the erotic representation of the female body in art history and popular culture.
Called "America's most important dramatist" by Eugene Ionesco, Robert Wilson is a major figure in the international avant-garde theater. He has written, designed and directed a distinguished body of work for stage, opera, dance, film and video. His innovative, stylized works for television are minimalist dramas that unfold as waking dreams.
David Wojnarowicz channeled a vast accumulation of raw images, sounds, memories, and lived experiences into a powerful voice that was an indelible presence in the New York City downtown art scene of the 1970s and '80s. Through writing, film, painting, drawing, photography, mixed-media installations, and performance, Wojnarowicz affirmed art's vivifying power in a society he viewed as alienating and corrosive, especially for those who were not part of the "pre-invented existence" of the mainstream. Using blunt symbology and graphic illustrations, he exposed what he felt this mainstream repressed: poverty, abuses of power, blind nationalism, greed, gay sex, and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. His nihilism, however, was also infused with his celebration and empathetic documentation of the alternative histories that he witnessed and lived.
The Wooster Group is an ensemble of artists who, under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte, have collaborated on the development and production of theater, film and media pieces. Considered America's leading experimental theater group, the New York-based Group is renowned for its complex and compelling "televisual" stage productions. The Wooster Group's core members include Jim Clayburgh, Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Peyton Smith, and Kate Valk.
Founded by graduates of Lódz Film School in 1970, the Workshop of the Film Form helped define the moving image avant-garde in Poland in the 1970s. The Workshop was a pioneering and highly influential collective that promoted analytical experimentation in all of their multidisciplinary practices. Key members included Kazimierz Bendkowski, Wojciech Bruszewski, Pawel Kwiek, Józef Robakowski, and Ryszard Wasko.