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.

Addressing the camera, Segalove confesses to plagarizing her 5th grade report, The Story of Coal.

Using the first color video camera, the artist questions where the devil might be hiding, and then takes a nighttime swim.

“Video is a fugitive medium,” said Getty Research Institute’s Glenn R. Phillips, and he should know.

The five videos featured here investigate video as a tool for storytelling and the construction of alternate identities.

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

Hans Breder


1970 | 00:11:00

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.

Hans Breder


1976 | 00:12:00

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 

Cheri Mcelligott performance documentation.

Hans Breder

Percussion Piece

1973 | 00:09:00

The body as a percussive instrument.

Performers: Ellen Krueger & Monica Wilson

Hans Breder


2015 | 00:19:00

This 1978 conversation between poets Anselm Hollo and Robert Creeley, was updated in 2015 as Adam Burke relays their conversation.  Images of Hollo, Creeley, and Burke are juxtaposed on top of one

Cheri Mcelligott performance documentation.

Susan Mogul

Live in San Diego

1977 | 00:18:00

Live in San Diego is my first live performance.