A Celebration of 40 Years of Video Art
From April 13 to 19, 2011, EAI highlighted the remarkable creative media interventions of artists on a spectacular scale. Works by Vito Acconci, Dan Asher, Phyllis Baldino, Dara Birnbaum, Gary Hill, Shigeko Kubota, Takeshi Murata, Nam June Paik, Martha Rosler, Stuart Sherman andWilliam Wegmanwill were seen daily on MTV 44½'s large-format LED screen.
EAI in Times Square celebrated video art's rich history of creative intervention in one of the world's most dynamic media landscapes. EAI, Times Square Alliance and MTV presented artists' video in the astonishing visual landscape of Times Square. This project was made possible by the generosity and support of MTV 44½. The Times Square Alliance and EAI thank MTV 44½ for their ongoing support of the arts.
Drawn from EAI's archive, one of the world's leading resources for media art, the videos played at the top of each hour, between noon and 4pm and between 6pm and 11pm.
Spanning the 1960s to 2011, the works range from bold animations and visual poems to witty performances and vibrant electronic experiments. Nam June Paik's rarely seen Hand and Face (1961) is one of his earliest media works; Dara Birnbaum's 30-second Artbreak was commissioned for broadcast by MTV in 1987. Shigeko Kubota brought a profusion of electronic cherry blossoms to the heart of Times Square, while Martha Rosler eyed domestic labor in a suburban backyard. William Wegman's dogs performed a timeless duet.
Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said, "We're thrilled to partner with Electronic Arts Intermix and MTV to support this diverse and dynamic collection of videos through the medium that makes Times Square so distinctive to people around the world: our billboards."
The larger than life, high definition 44½ screen was located on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets, directly across the street from MTV’s offices and studio.