Gary Hill. Inasmuch As It Is Always Already Taking Place. 1990. Sixteen-channel video (black and white, sound), 16 black and white TV tubes and wires. Recessed in a wall 42″ (106.7 cm) from the floor, overall 16 × 53 3/4 × 68″ (40.6 × 136.5 × 172.7 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund, Marcia Riklis, Barbara Wise, Margot Ernst and purchase. © 1990 Gary Hill. Installation view of Video Spaces: Eight Installations at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Video Spaces: Eight Installations surveyed recent work by nine major video artists working in “environmental video”—three-dimensional video installation or video sculpture. These three-dimensional experiments had “emerged as the most fertile forms of video art,” curator Barbara London argued in the exhibition catalogue. “By releasing the image from a single screen and embedding it in an environment, artists have extended their installations in time and space.” The artists in the show included Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, and Teiji Furuhashi (who passed away from AIDS-related illness one month after the exhibition’s close). Furuhashi’s video work Lovers (1994), an immersive, room-sized multimedia installation featuring projections of Furuhashi and members of his Kyoto-based artist collective Dumb Type, was the artist’s only solo work.

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Video.

Video Spaces: Eight Installations is made possible by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Additional support is provided by generous grants from the Contemporary Exhibition Fund of The Museum of Modern Art, established with gifts from Lily Auchincloss, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder; The Japan Foundation; and The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art. Gifts from Margot Paul Ernst; Barbara Foshay-Miller; Fillmore Mercantile, Incorporated; Barbara Wise; the Canadian Consulate General, New York; Barbara G. Pine; Marian Cohen; and Patricia Orden are also gratefully acknowledged. Transportation was provided in part by Japan Airlines.

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