Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012

Artis

February 1, 2016

February 20–21, 2016, 1–6pm

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

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Artis is pleased to present the New York launch of Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012, an internationally traveling exhibition and program featuring 35 video works by a selection of influential artists from Israel. The two-day symposium at the New Museum includes lectures and roundtables by leading scholars that will contextualize the video works within historical, theoretical, and sociopolitical developments both within Israel and internationally. Divided into four historic and thematic sections curated by three curators and one artist, Staring Back at the Sun includes documentation of early performances, films, and videos, many of which have never been presented outside of Israel until now. The program, which can be considered in parallel to developments across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and parts of South America, examines the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

Day 1: 1970-1997
Saturday, February 20

1pm
Introduction by Yael Reinharz, Executive Director, Artis

Part I: “1970–80: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art,” curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum

3pm
Part II: “1980–97: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own,” curated by Ilana Tenenbaum
Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum

4:30pm
Conversation between Ilana Tenenbaum and Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

The Saturday, February 20 program of Staring Back at the Sun includes screenings of videos by the following artists: Irit Batsry, Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Birim, Michael Druks, Buky Schwartz, Benni Efrat, Avraham Eilat, Yair Garbuz, Gideon Gechtman, Moshe Gershuni, Tamar Getter, Raffi Lavie, Motti Mizrachi, Michal Naaman, Joshua Neustein, Miri Nishri, Dov Or-Ner, Henry Shelesnyak, Ran Slavin, Micha Ullman, Dan Zakhem, Nana & Boaz Zonshine.

Day 2: 1997-2012
Sunday, February 21

1pm
Introduction by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum

Part III: “1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium,” curated by Sergio Edelsztein
Introduction by Chen Tamir, Curatorial Associate, Artis, Tel Aviv, and Curator, the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

3pm
Part IV: “2005–12: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel,” curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman
Introduction by Avi Feldman

4:30pm
“Video as an Agent of Globalization”
Roundtable with curator Avi Feldman; Ana Janevski, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, the Museum of Modern Art; and Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa; moderated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum

The Sunday, February 21 program of Staring Back at the Sun includes screenings of videos by the following artists: Boaz Arad, Maayan Amir & Ruti Sela, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Yael Bartana, Guy Ben Ner, Nir Evron, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Avi Mograbi, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Roee Rosen, Doron Solomons, and Rona Yefman [& Tanja Schlander].

Tickets
Tickets are available online.

Support
This symposium is curated and produced by Artis, with major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Russell Berrie Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker, and Donald Sussman.

About Artis
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