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Feb 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

The Installation of the Real: A Panel Discussion on Documentary in the Gallery

With Niels Van Tomme, Elisabeth Subrin, Neil Goldberg, and Rebecca Cleman.

Audiovisual documentary material has become increasingly prominent in the art world, with more artists incorporating non-fiction material into their work, and more filmmakers and new media artists creating documentary film, video, and interactive work destined for a museum or gallery setting. This overlap of the cinema and art worlds has created a productive hybridity of forms, but it also poses questions about the relationship between the traditions of art, documentary, and journalism, and raises issues of presentation, contextualization, and preservation for curators and artists alike. This panel brings together a set of artists, filmmakers, curators, and critics to discuss the opportunities and challenges of bringing documentary work from the cinema into the gallery, and of floating between black box and white box exhibition spaces.

Rebecca Cleman is the Director of Distribution of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). In 2012, she curated the group show “VHS The Exhibition” for Franklin Street Works, Stamford, Connecticut, and published a related  article about analog video culture in the Moving Image Source. She has  programmed or curated media for such venues as the New York Underground Film Festival, the Museum of Art and Design, Anthology Film Archives, and Andrea Rosen Gallery. She has also organized and moderated numerous panels, including “What Do You Get When You Buy Video Art” for the Moving Iage Fair 2012, and “Motion Rhythms,” featuring David Wojnarowicz’s films, for EAI.

Neil Goldberg‘s video, photographic and sculptural work documents the spaces and cadences of the everyday and overlooked. He has been exhibiting this work since 1992 at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (where it is part of the permanent collection); The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; The Wexner Center for the Arts; The Jewish Museum; The Kitchen; The Pacific Film Archive; NGBK Kunsthalle Berlin; El Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; and the British Film Institute. In 2012 his work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the Museum of the City of New York, entitled “Stories the City Tells Itself.” He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Experimental Television Center, CEC ArtsLink, and the MacDowell Colony, among others.

Elisabeth Subrin creates conceptually driven projects in film, video, photography and installation. Her work seeks intersections between history and subjectivity, investigating the nature and poetics of psychological “disorder,” the legacy of feminism, and the impact of recent social and political history on contemporary life and consciousness. Her work has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and screenings, including The Whitney Biennial, PS1/MoMA Greater New York, The New York Film Festival, The Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center, Harvard Film Archives, The Mattress Factory, VOLTA, Vienna Arts Week, and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Solo shows include The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Harvard Film Archives, Sue Scott Gallery, and forthcoming at PARTICIPANT, Inc. She’s received commissions from The MacDowell Colony, The Danish Film Institute, the feminist pop band Le Tigre, and has been a fellow at The Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Feature Filmmaking Labs. Her award-winning films and videos have been screened and broadcast widely in the US and abroad. She has received grants from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Annenberg, and Creative Capital Foundations. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Art at Temple University and lives in Brooklyn.

Niels Van Tomme is a New York-based curator, researcher, and critic. He currently works as Visiting Curator at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at UMBC in Baltimore. Most recently, he curated the travelling exhibition Where Do We Migrate To? (Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, El Paso), as well as the exhibitions Melancholy is not enough…(Bucharest) and There Is Nothing There (New York). He is a Contributing Editor of ART PAPERS and publishes internationally in journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. He has been a guest critic at M.I.T. (Cambridge), Parsons The New School for Design (New York), and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie), among others. Van Tomme is currently preparing the exhibition projectVisibility Machines: Harun Farocki & Trevor Paglen, which will closed in the fall of 2013 at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. His book Aesthetic Justice (co-edited with Pascal Gielen) is forthcoming from Antennae Series by Valiz, Amsterdam.

Rachael Rakes is the Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image, co-editor of the Film section of The Brooklyn Rail, and a Programming Advisor for UnionDocs.

Leo Goldsmith is co-editor of the Film section of The Brooklyn Rail and a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.


Feb 23, 2013
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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