Total Art: Contemporary Video

  • Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #5, 2012; Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong
    Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #5, 2012; Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #5, 2012; Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong
  • Mwangi Hutter, Neger Don’t Call Me (Installation View), 2000; NMWA, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Mwangi Hutter, Neger Don’t Call Me (Installation View), 2000; NMWA, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. Mwangi Hutter, Neger Don’t Call Me (Installation View), 2000; NMWA, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Janaina Tschäpe, Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide), 2004; Courtesy of the artist and Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York
    Janaina Tschäpe, Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide), 2004; Courtesy of the artist and Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York Janaina Tschäpe, Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide), 2004; Courtesy of the artist and Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York

Total Art: Contemporary Video on view June 6–October 12, 2014

Women artists around the world were pioneers of video art in the 1960s and 1970s. Early videos were often recordings of performances or single-channel shorts that critiqued mainstream media. Video artists today are attuned to popular media formats rather than critical of them. To create immersive, experiential works, artists design elaborate stage sets, film at remote locations, incorporate digital technology and animation, and meticulously plan viewing spaces.

Featuring recently acquired works in NMWA’s collection as well as loans from private and public collections, Total Art highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Total Art reflects the continued global scope of video.

The exhibition features works by Dara Birnbaum, Kimsooja, Mariko Mori, Mwangi Hutter, Alex Prager, Pipilotti Rist, Michal Rovner, Margaret Salmon, Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, and Janaina Tschäpe.


Total Art Videos

Check out our video page to explore related videos, interviews, and other works from the ten artists included in the exhibition.


Related Events

JUN 0510 a.m.–3 p.m.Member Preview Day: Total Art
JUN 0612–1 p.m.Artist Talk: Mwangi Hutter
JUN 065:30–7:30 p.m.NMWA Nights: Total Art
JUN 2512–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman
JUL 0212–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Blauer Leibesbrief (Blue Bodily Letter)
JUL 0912–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Neger Don’t Call Me
JUL 2312–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Data Zone, Cultures Table #3
JUL 3012–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Lacrimacorpus
AUG 0612–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: 89 Seconds at Alcázar
AUG 1312–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Ninna Nanna
AUG 2712–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: La Petite Mort
SEP 0312–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Miko no Inori
SEP 1012–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Thread Routes—Chapter 1
SEP 1712–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Neger Don’t Call Me & Lacrimacorpus
SEP 1912–1 p.m.Artist Talk: Janaina Tschäpe
SEP 2412–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: 89 Seconds at Alcázar & La Petite Mort
OCT 0112–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman...
OCT 0812–12:30 p.m.Conversation Piece: Blauer Leibesbrief (Blue Bodily Letters)...

Total Art: Contemporary Video is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. The exhibition is made possible by the Weissman Family Foundation and Share Fund. Additional support is provided by the Cowles Charitable Trust and the members of NMWA.