Walk with Contrapposto

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Copied Bruce Nauman, Walk with Contrapposto, 1968, 60 minutes, black & white, sound, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company, 2008.21.1, © 1968 Bruce Nauman. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, NY

Artwork Details

Title
Walk with Contrapposto
Artist
Date
1968
Location
Not on view
Copyright
© 1968 Bruce Nauman. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, NY
Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company
Mediums
Mediums Description
60 minutes, black & white, sound
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Interior
Object Number
2008.21.1

Artwork Description

Bruce Nauman’s films and videotapes hold a prominent place in the history of media art. In Walk with Contrapposto, the camera’s perspective is fixed at the end of a narrowly constructed corridor. Nauman moves through the space, striking poses with each step. His manner and figurative gestures come to define the space through the body of the artist.


Watch This!: New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image, 2013

Exhibitions

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Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image (3.0)
April 30, 2013February 15, 2015
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image is a series of rotating exhibitions drawn from SAAM’s permanent collection. The works of art featured in this installation identify a complex relationship between still photography and moving images. These artistic engagements with captured and recorded pictures examine notions of storytelling and processes of interpretation, underscoring just how relative meaning can be, and urging viewers to question where the power of imagery might reside. Taken together, the arrangement traces a vibrant call and response between artists and pictures, narratives, and interpretation.