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Art on Screen by Kelsey Karper

Barry Anderson, Kansas City, MO, Junk Yard, Single-channel HD video animation, 6:20 minute loop. Courtesy of Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) has just launched projectscreen, a new series featuring video works by contemporary artists working nationally and internationally. This annual series will feature 12 artists each year, rotating monthly, working in various styles of video art. The inaugural projectscreen series is guest curated by Shannon Fitzgerald. The video will be presented in the lobby of OKCMOA on a large-scale, custom-designed screen. The high traffic lobby area, situated on the first floor between the museum’s main entrance and the gift shop, café and theatre, will give the video works a large audience. This portion of the museum is open to visitors even without paying regular admission. “I am very excited about projectscreen because it seamlessly integrates an area of art production that many people are unfamiliar with into the Museum’s program offerings, while concurrently making an experience with art accessible to anyone who enters the building,” said Museum Director Glen Gentele. Since the 1960s, as “moving image” technology expanded and became more accessible to artists, they have been finding new and different ways of incorporating video into their art making. With projectscreen, Fitzgerald aims to present for Oklahoma audiences the variety, diversity and far reaching potential of contemporary video art and its various forms. “We are also presenting the impact the genre has had on several

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generations of visual artists and the exciting ways they are using the media to visually convey vital artistic concepts,” Fitzgerald explained. “We encourage the viewer to watch the videos several times, enjoy the engagement, and hope their experience imparts new ways of seeing and thinking about not only the art of our time, but society and culture at large. The program presents a rewarding viewing experience that we anticipate will spark a visitors’ imagination and fuel their curiosity for further exposure.” Fitzgerald has been presenting video work throughout her career as a curator, in both museum and non-profit spaces. In selecting video work for projectscreen, she sought artists who are producing poignant visual works and pushing boundaries within the field. The series will include artists from the region, as well as their national and international peers. The first four artists in the projectscreen series are all working in animation, and will provide an introduction to the various methods that exist within this subgenre. The debut exhibition, which features two video works from New Yorkbased artist Marina Zurkow, opened on February 15 and will continue through March 18, 2012. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress, which is the fifth installment of the museum’s NEW FRONTIERS Series for Contemporary Art, as well as

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Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2012  

2012 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

Art Focus Oklahoma, March/April 2012  

2012 March/April Art Focus Oklahoma is a bimonthly publication of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition dedicated to stimulating insight into a...

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