Past Public Program

The History of Contemporary Israeli Art

Chen Tamir gave a survey of the history of Israeli art, from its founding to the present day, with a special focus on the social, political, technological, and economic circumstances that have shaped its fascinating history and the radical art being made today. Special attention was placed on how the Occupation, technology, and the liberalizing of the economy in the 1980s and 1990s spurred developments in the mass media and visual culture that have so greatly affected video art since. The 45-minute lecture was followed by screenings of videos by artists Boaz Arad and Miki Kratsman, Yael Bartana, Nir Evron, Dor Guez, Raafat Hattab, Itamar Rose, Ruti Sela and Doron Solomons.