The Reflecting Pool - Collected Work, 1977
Videotape collection; 62 min. total; Museum
purchase with funds provided through prior gift
of Lois Outerbridge
The Reflecting Pool
The Reflecting Pool-Collected Work 1977-80 is a compilation of five video works by celebrated
artist Bill Viola. Using a wide range of techniques, from slow motion to rapid editing, these works present the progressive stages of the journey from birth to death. With images of transition-from day to night, object to reflection, motion to stillness-the works in The Reflecting Pool speak of universal life experiences. This is the second work by Viola to enter the collection. In 1988 the museum acquired his seminal video installation Theater of Memory(1985), a work that employs an unearthed dead tree and video as metaphors for memory and the brain.