Past Exhibitions

The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection II

Exhibition Through March 21, 2010

This exhibition is the second part of a year-long exhibition featuring important video and new media works from the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition traces experiments with electronic media art from the early 1970s to the present including major California artists who were at the forefront of exploring television as an art form in the early 1970s alongside younger generations of U.S. and international artists working with video and other media technologies that have emerged during the past 30 years. The checklist includes Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Mary Kelly, Martin Kersels, Suzanne Lacy, Alan Rath, Robin Rhode, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Shirley Shor, Tim Sullivan, William Wegman, and others. 

The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection II continues the museum’s four-decade tradition of presenting media art. The Newport Harbor Art Museum (NHAM), the former name of the Orange County Museum of Art, was among the first museums to present video art. NHAM and F-Space, operated by U.C. Irvine graduate students, collaborated to produce New Art in Orange County (1972) with performance and video art by Barbara Smith and Chris Burden. Subsequently, the museum also organized Chris Burden: A Twenty-Year Survey in 1988 and Chris Burden: Tale of Two Cities in 2001 and 2007. Since the early 2000s, the Orange County Museum of Art has prominently featured recent video in exhibitions such as One Wall: A Video Series (2001), Girls Night Out (2003), Disorderly Conduct (2007) and the California Biennials (2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008).

Image Credits:

Kerry Tribe, Here and Elsewhere, 2003; 2 channel DVD projection; collection of Orange County Museum of Art

Martin Kersels, Pink Constellation, 2001, single-channel video on monitor with sound, 20 minutes, 16 second, courtesy of the artist; Deitch Projects, New York; and ACME., Los Angeles

Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, 414-3-Rave-95, 2005; single-channel video; 4 min, 54 sec.; collection of Orange County Museum of Art, museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge

Alan Rath, Watcher II, 1999; aluminum, custom electronics, acrylic, two cathode ray tubes; collection of Orange County Museum of Art, gift of the Curator’s Circle

Exhibition Credits

This exhibition is organized by Karen Moss, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs and the curatorial staff at the Orange County Museum of Art.


Interpretive materials for this exhibition were made possible through a grant from The Getty Foundation.