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The MIT List Visual Arts Center will participate with an exhibition of an often-overlooked moment in the history of media art: monitor-based installation. Included is a sculpture (above) by Nam June Paik of his frequent collaborator, cellist Charlotte Moorman, which points to another art/tech link: both were fellows at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974–1995 will be on view February 8–April 15, 2018, at the List Center. The exhibition explores the connections between our current moment and the point at which video art was transformed dramatically with the entry of large-scale, cinematic installation into the gallery space. It will present a re-evaluation of monitor-based sculpture since the 1980s and serve as a tightly focused survey of works that have been rarely seen in the last 20 years.

Artists in the exhibition, curated by Henriette Huldisch, include Dara Birnbaum, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Mary Lucier, Antoni Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Diana Thater, and Maria Vedder.

The exhibition is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions—initiated by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston—that recognizes the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology.

Takahiko Iimura: TV for TV, 1983. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.
Tony Oursler: Psychomimetiscape, 1987. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York.
Diana Thater: Snake River, 1994. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.
Maria Vedder: PAL oder Never The Same Color, 1998. Camera: Stephan Simon; edit: Martina Kaimeier; music: Uwe Wiesemann, Gerhard Zillingen; produced by Museum Ludwig Köln, Germany. Courtesy of the artist.