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Walking Forward-Running Past

1971 John Baldessari Born: National City, California 1931 single-channel video, black and white, sound; 12:45 minutes Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company © 1971, John Baldessari 2007.33.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing

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In this single-channel video, John Baldessari examines the chronological relationship between still images and motion pictures. The artist constructs a purposefully crude moving image from still pictures of himself walking toward the camera, then running past it. By creating a video with still images, Baldessari urges viewers to question notions of sequence and cinematic time, and how we depict the past, present, and future.


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