Past Exhibitions

Imaginary 20th Century

Exhibition January 17 - May 27, 2008

A collaborative project by curator Margo Bistis, author Norman Klein, and media artist Andreas Kratky with guest media artist Perry Hoberman and composers Aaron Drake and Kari Rae Seekins

This science-fiction novel is an interactive work that includes a database of more than 2, 000 images culled from different visual and historical archives that will be viewed on screens and in projections throughout the Orange Lounge. The story focuses on the whimsical adventures of a woman, who, in the year 1901, selects four suitors to seduce her, each with their own vision for the new century. Existing not only as an art installation, but also as a book and a DVD-ROM, The Imaginary 20th Century proposes a new approach to narrative.

The Imaginary 20th Century was originally co-sponsored by ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany and California Institute of the Arts.
 

Image credits:

James Montgomery Flagg, Life, 1905; American Photographic Postcard collection, c.1900-1920, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Suffragette Parade, New York City, 1915; George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. American Photographic Postcard collection, c.1900-1920, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

C. Cole Phillips, Life, 1911; American Photographic Postcard collection, c.1900-1920, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

 

Exhibition Credits

The OCMA presentation is organized by Karen Moss, curator of collections and director of education and public programs at OCMA and is co-directed by curator Margo Bistis, author Norman M. Klein, and media artist Andreas Kratky.