Past Exhibitions

Signals: A Video Showcase

Exhibition Through September 14, 2008

Signals: A Video Showcase is a series of three thematic exhibitions designed to highlight the Orange County Museum of Art’s collection of video art. Featuring selections from the permanent collection along with additional works by emerging and established artists, each exhibition will last approximately six weeks, giving viewers the opportunity to see up to 14 individual works of video art over the course of the exhibition.

May 3–June 13: Mash Up looks at the current cultural obsession with conflating diverse elements of popular and avant-garde media to create new art that is ironic, humorous, and frequently uncanny. Works such as Joel Morrison’s Birds/Lewitt (2005), Goody-B. Wiseman’s Superlovestarpower 2, 3 and 4 (2006), Ciprian Muresan’s Un Chien Andalou (2004), and Jimmy Joe Roche’s Ultimate Reality (2007) draw from music, cinema, and the visual arts.

June 14–July 25: Word Play features artists engaged with the written and/or spoken word as an essential component of their visual language. John Baldessari’s I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (1971), William Kentridge’s Automatic Writing (2003), Yucef Mehri’s Atari Poetry IV (2004), Julien Bismuth and Lucas Ajemian’s Les Tristes (2007), and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Passages Paysages (1978) present a spectrum of unique relationships to words and language.

July 26–September 14: In California Scenarios, five artists offer thoughtful, poetic meditations on significant sites in California—San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House; the animated desert landscapes of Warner Brothers cartoons, produced in their Burbank studios; the rapidly growing Inland Empire; the commuter lanes of Los Angeles; and the entropic wasteland of the Salton Sea. Jeremy Blake’s Winchester Redux (2004), Mungo Thomson’s The American Desert (for Chuck Jones) (2002), Enid Baxter Blader’s Local 909er (2007), Bia Gayotto’s Xing LA: From Altadena to Long Beach (2008), and Nicole Antebi’s Tilapia Jetty (2007) are featured.

In addition to the video programming, specially selected audio works will also be playing on the Lounge’s two listening stations.

Image Credits:

Goody-B. Wiseman, Superlovestarpower (2, 3, and 4), 2006, Video installation with three monitors, Collection of Orange County Museum of Art, Museum purchase through the Naomi Vine Biennial Acquisition Fund

Joel Morrison, Birds/Lewitt, 2005, Single-channel video, Collection of Orange County Museum of Art; Anonymous gift

Jeremy Blake, Winchester Redux, 2004, Single-channel video, Collection of Orange County Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge

Exhibition Credits

Signals: A Video Showcase is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Carol Cheh.