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Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art

Bill Viola
September 10, 2008, 7 p.m.

Bill Viola

Bill Viola is considered a pioneer in the medium of video art, expanding the scope of its technology, content, and historical reach. For more than thirty-five years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat-panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Viola's video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. Bill Viola: Hatsu-Yume (First Dream), the largest exhibition of Viola's installations, opened at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2006. Major exhibitions of his work have also appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, the forty-sixth Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The most recent touring exhibition of his work, Bill Viola: The Passions, was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2003.

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Photo Credit: Photo by Wouter Vandenbrink, 2006