Nor Was This All by Any Means: A Career-Spanning Conversation with Anthony Ramos

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
264 Canal Street #3W
New York, NY 10013
Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm (selected works on view), 3:00 pm (conversation)

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Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is pleased to host a career-spanning conversation between Ramos and scholar Catherine Quan Damman, touching upon Ramos’s varied activities as an artist. Ramos is counted among the earliest artists to use video as a tool for mass media critiques and cultural documentation, and to examine media presentations of “truth.” A significant but underrecognized figure in both East and West coast art scenes—he had been a close student of Allan Kaprow at CalArts and a friend and peer of important video figures such as Nam June Paik and Juan Downey—Ramos produced a varied body of work, ranging from deliberately confrontational direct-camera performance to provocative essayistic compositions using appropriated material as a satirical counterpoint. Selected video-performances will be on display from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, followed by a screening of Ramos’s Nor Was This All By Any Means, a densely-layered work exploring personal and cultural heritage, capturing disparate landscapes from Harlem to Goree Island, Cape Verde and Tanzania.

Part of Nor Was This All By Any Means: A Career-Spanning Series with Anthony Ramos

Catherine Quan Damman is the Linda Nochlin Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she teaches and advises graduate work on feminist and queer approaches to global modern and contemporary art. She is completing her first monograph, Performance: A Deceptive History, with the support of a 2022–2023 ACLS Fellowship, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum and other publications.