Artis, in collaboration with Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, presented the Los Angeles launch of Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012, an internationally traveling exhibition and public program that traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel.
Staring Back at the Sun highlights work by 35 artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Showcasing early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel, the program focuses on the activist impulse in video artmaking in Israel over the last four decades, and explores themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.
Saturday November 19
Part I 1970–80: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Part II 1980–97: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Part III 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium, curated by Sergio Edelsztein
Part IV 2005–12: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel, curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman.
Panel discussion moderated by Executive Director Yael Reinharz with:
Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute curator
Adam Berg, artist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design and Adjunct Faculty, CalArts.