Proposals, Conference Schedule, and other Documents

This page includes documents relating to the original proposal for Open Circuits, which was envisioned as an exhibition, conference, and catalogue. Also included are the 1974 conference schedule, a list of participating artists and their galleries, and a review of the conference in Artforum by Robert Pincus-Witten. Please click on the links to view the full documents.

Open Circuits: Art at the Beginning of the Electronic Age: Project Proposal (1972)

This document is the original 12-page proposal for the Open Circuits project, written in 1972, two years before the conference was realized at The Museum of Modern Art


Project Statement (undated)

This unidentified and undated statement most likely derives from a grant proposal for the Open Circuits project. According to this statement, the aim of the exhibition is to change current attitudes toward television.


"Open Circuits: The Future of Television": Conference Schedule (January 23-25, 1974)

This three-page document is the schedule for the Open Circuits conference, held at The Museum of Modern Art from January 23-25, 1974.


Gallery List (1974)

This one-page document features a list of artists ?who work in video tape? and the galleries that represent them, including Leo Castelli Gallery, Bykert Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and Sonnabend, among others. Several of the galleries were showing tapes on request in conjunction with the Open Circuits conference. Among the artists listed are Vito Acconci, Peter Campus, Lynda Benglis, Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Dennis Oppenheim and Lawrence Weiner.


Robert Pincus-Witten, Review
Artforum, No. 12, April, 1974

Artforum review of the Open Circuits conference by Robert Pincus-Witten