Modern Women: Single Channel
January 23–August 22, 2011
MoMA PS1 presents Modern Women: Single Channel, a group exhibition drawn from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art focusing on the work of eleven women artists in single-channel video. The exhibition, which charts the medium’s history from its earliest innovations to the work of some of today’s younger practitioners, is on view on the second floor beginning January 23, 2011.
Spanning the 1960s to the late 1990s, the featured videos were made by women artists working across the globe, in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Japan. Together they demonstrate the myriad ways in which women have expanded single-channel video, using it as a platform for formal and conceptual experimentation. The works in the exhibition exploit the full range of video’s artistic potential, testing the limits of narrative and the relationship between live performance and its documentation, as well as critically examining the medium’s role in the shaping and distribution of popular culture; the themes of gender, sexuality, and the body are also explored. The contributions by these women artists helped to establish single-channel video as one of the most important art forms of the last forty years.
Lynda Benglis, Dara Birnbaum, ALIE EXPORT, Anna Bella Geiger, Mako Idemitsu, Joan Jonas, Kristin Lucas, Mary Miss, Pipilotti Rist, Carolee Schneemann, Steina Vasulka
Modern Women: Single Channel is organized by Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum and co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art.