Friederike Pezold: Canale Grande

    Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 7:30pm

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974—1995 at SculptureCenter, this screening presents a feature film by Friederike Pezold (born 1945 in Vienna; lives and works in Salzburg). Best known for a major sculpture series that displays closely cropped video footage of the artist’s body on stacked CRT monitors (on view at SculptureCenter), Pezold was also an active filmmaker in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Like her sculptural work, Canale Grande (1983) plays with the dynamics of subject and object, composition and consumption. Its protagonist rebels against consumer television by producing her own “narrowcast” (as opposed to broadcast) network, shooting in public with a video camera and monitor apparatus strapped to her body. The film relates to Pezold’s larger Radio Free Utopia project, inaugurated in 1977, which posited an individually empowered form of television whose production and distribution were free from state monopoly. Apart from inclusion in group exhibitions and screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976, 1982, and 1985, when Canale Grande was included in the museum’s New Directors/New Films series, Pezold’s work has rarely been seen in the United States.

    Ticketing: At door only, $12 general, $9 student/senior, $7 AFA members
    Theater capacity is limited


    Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center. The presentation at SculptureCenter is organized by SculptureCenter Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Henriette Huldisch with additional contributions by Edith Decker-Phillips and Emily Watlington, published by Hirmer Verlag in association with the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

    The New York presentation of Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 is underwritten with lead support by Robert Soros.

    SculptureCenter's exhibition, program, and operating support is generously provided by grants from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Kraus Family Foundation; the A. Woodner Fund; the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director's Circle. SculptureCenter's refreshed brand identity, website design, and online marketing initiatives are supported in part by The New York Community Trust's LuEsther T. Mertz Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and contributions from many generous individuals.

    SculptureCenter’s programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.