Staring Back at the Sun

Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 at New Museum

February 20–21, 2016, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Schedule

Artis presented the New York launch of Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012, an internationally traveling exhibition and program featuring thirty-five video works by a selection of influential artists from Israel. The two-day symposium at the New Museum includes lectures and roundtables by leading scholars that will contextualize the video works within historical, theoretical, and sociopolitical developments both within Israel and internationally. Divided into four historic and thematic sections curated by three curators and one artist, Staring Back at the Sun includes documentation of early performances, films and videos, many of which have never been presented outside of Israel until now. The program, which can be considered in parallel to developments across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and parts of South America, examines the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

DAY 1: 1970–1997

Saturday, February 20

1 PM

Introduction by Yael Reinharz, Executive Director, Artis.

Part I 1970–80: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum.

3 PM

Part II 1980–97: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum.

4:30 PM

Conversation between program curator Ilana Tenenbaum and Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Saturday, February 20 program of Staring Back at the Sun includes screenings of videos by the following artists: Irit Batsry, Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Birim, Michael Druks, Buky Schwartz, Benni Efrat, Avraham Eilat, Yair Garbuz, Gideon Gechtman, Moshe Gershuni, Tamar Getter, Raffi Lavie, Motti Mizrachi, Michal Naaman, Joshua Neustein, Miri Nishri, Dov Or-Ner, Henry Shelesnyak, Ran Slavin, Micha Ullman, Dan Zakhem, Nana & Boaz Zonshine.

DAY 2: 1997–2012

Sunday, February 21

1 PM

Introduction by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum.

Part III 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium, curated by Sergio Edelsztein
Introduction by Chen Tamir, Curatorial Associate, Artis, Tel Aviv, and Curator, the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

3 PM

Part IV 2005–12: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel, curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman.
Introduction by Avi Feldman.

4:30 PM

Video as an Agent of Globalization
Roundtable with curator Avi Feldman; Ana Janevski, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, the Museum of Modern Art; and Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa; moderated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum.

The Sunday, February 21 program of Staring Back at the Sun includes screenings of videos by the following artists: Boaz Arad, Maayan Amir & Ruti Sela, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Yael Bartana, Guy Ben Ner, Nir Evron, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Avi Mograbi, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Roee Rosen, Doron Solomons, and Rona Yefman [& Tanja Schlander].

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