Early Video Art

Early Video Art is a collection of titles that are central to an understanding of the historical development of video art. This collection includes, but is not limited to, many titles from the original Castelli-Sonnabend collection, the first and most prominent collection of video art assembled in the United States. All of the work in this collection was produced between 1968 and 1980. These works represent important examples of the first experiments in video art, and include conceptual and feminist performances recorded on video, experiments with the video signal, and "guerilla" documentaries representing a counter-cultural view of the historical events of the 1960s and 70s. Many of these tapes represent a desire for a radically redefined television experience that is centered on the innovative, the personal, the political and the non-commercial.
Hans Breder
1971 | 11:00
with-in, Hans Breder

This angelic image of performer Barbara Berry was created with a video effect processor called a Quantizer which could remap colors and create limited live effects.

 

Performer: Barbara Berry

Music: Peter Todd Lewis...

 

Hans Breder
1978 | 19:00
traces, Hans Breder

Images of Anselm Hollo, Robert Creeley, and Adam Burke juxtaposed on top of one another. Burke attempts to narrate a soundtrack of the conversation between Hollo and Creely as he listens through headphones.

 

Percussion Piece, Hans Breder

The body as a percussive instrument.

Performers: Ellen Krueger & Monica Wilson

 

How Faustus Had His First Sight of Paradise, Hans Breder

Ana Mendieta performs a kiss in Old Man's Creek with another performer.

 

Hans Breder
1970 | 11:00
hybrid, Hans Breder

The performer interprets a video demonstration of a series of poses with mirrors, not unlike Breder's Bod/Sculpture photo series, but this time in a studio. This performance was later staged several times with Breder directing from off-camera....

 

Hans Breder
1976 | 12:00
intertext, Hans Breder

Breder used Stavros Deligiorgis’s encyclopedic ability to make associations as an element in this video art and performances, providing a kind of intellectual running commentary in works such as Intertext (1976). He watches a constantly...

 

For C…, In Memory I, Hans Breder

Cheri Mcelligott performance documentation.

 

For C…, In Memory II, Hans Breder

Cheri Mcelligott performance documentation.

 

Philo T. Farnsworth Video Obelisk, Skip Sweeney

“Video is a fugitive medium,” said Getty Research Institute’s Glenn R. Phillips, and he should know. As curator for California Video, a 2008 at the Getty Museum, he enjoyed the luxury of a massive archive produced during the 1960s,...