Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, SME 149

In 2012, Kathy Rae Huffman curated Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999, an exhibition for Pacific Standard Time on the historic video art program at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). For 25 years, the museum’s media art center provided consistent support for artists worldwide and was a key influence on the growth and development of video. Artists created new installations for the museum and for broadcast on cable television programs. The works included in Exchange and Evolution engage in technical experimentation, performance, personal histories, feminist and political perspectives, documentary and experimental narrative, as well as international perspectives on contemporary art and culture.

For Pacific Standard Time, twelve installations were recreated in LBMA’s galleries, including the complete eight channels of Between the Frames by Antoni Muntadas (Spain); My Life by Ko Nakajima (Japan) first shown at the Museum in 1978; Frozen Images by Sanja Iveković (Croatia) which was exhibited in 1994 during an ArtsLink residency; AFRO (is just a hair style): Notes on a Journey Through the African Diaspora by Thomas Allen Harris (USA); Inca I and II by Juan Downey (Chile) created as part of his “Video Trans-America” series from 1976; the sound/video collaboration Two Channel Music Tape: Spring/Fall by Nam June Paik (Korea) and Paul Garrin (USA), 1986; and Airspirits by Klaus vom Bruch (Germany) in 1981.

Kathy Rae Huffman is a curator, writer, and networker working internationally with a special focus on issues concerning the history and development of media art including women’s Internet art and environments. She has been active in the field of media art since the early 1980s. As chief curator of the Long Beach Museum of Art in California from 1979-1984, she established LBMA Video, a multimedia workshop and broadcast quality post-production facility for artists. Among other positions, she was curator/producer of the Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, a partnership between the ICA Boston and the WBGH New Television Workshop; Visual Arts Director at the Cornerhouse Contemporary Art Center (Manchester); associate professor and director of Electronic Media Arts and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.