The exhibition, starting on June 30, 2018, reveals the expansive volume of Paik’s oeuvre from the 1960s through early 2000s.
Nam June Paik (1932–2006), though born in Korea, spent most of his time in the United States. His scope of work, among other practices, included music, performance, sculpture, painting and drawing, video, and broadcast television.
Drawn from the collection of Harvard Art Museums, the works presented at "Screen Play" represent themes central to Paik’s work, including the subversion of conventional technologies and media and the potential of moving images to explore alternative temporalities.
"Eight of the works featured are recent gifts from Ken Hakuta, the artist’s nephew; he has generously established the Nam June Paik Fellowship to expand knowledge about the artist, his work, and his influences. The objects on view—many of which are being exhibited at the museums for the first time—include TV Crown (1965/99), a television modified to visualize sound waves on its screen, and an iconic TV Buddha (2004), part of the artist’s exploration of closed-circuit television,” the museum says.
"In addition, the exhibition draws attention to Paik’s enduring interest in artistic collaboration, from his early association with John Cage and others active in the postwar avant-garde music scene to his lifelong friendships with Charlotte Moorman and Joseph Beuys. Several works on view relate directly to the artist’s involvement with the Fluxus group, whose interest in revolutionizing artistic distribution had a lasting influence on Paik’s thinking," the museum adds.
A special highlight of the exhibition is two videos for which Paik collaborated with WGBH, Boston’s public television station. Some of his most noteworthy works were created during his collaboration with WGBH.
The exhibition will be on view from June 30, 2018, through August 5, 2018, at the Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge.
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