Conversation Piece: La Petite Mort

How does a little death make a huge impact?

Video art captures and demands viewers’ attention in ways other media cannot. Often presented as immersive experiences, video installations engage multiple senses while requiring a commitment of time to view and appreciate.

During NMWA’s weekly “Conversation Pieces” series, view selected videos featured in the special exhibition, Total Art: Contemporary Video, and then join NMWA staff and fellow participants for a conversation about what you saw, heard, felt, and thought.

This week, Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon facilitates a conversation about Alex Prager’s La Petite Mort (2012). 


Featuring recently acquired works in NMWA’s collection as well as loans from private and public collections, the exhibition 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, and Janaina Tschäpe.

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