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, and Janaina Tschäpe.


Total Art: Contemporary Video is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. The exhibition is made possible by Share Fund with additional support provided by the members of NMWA.