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11 Sep 2015

Revisions—Zen for Film at Bard Graduate Center Gallery

Peter Moore. Nam June Paik casting shadows on Zen for Film at the
New Cinema Festival I, Film-Makers' Cinematheque, New York, November 2, 1965.
© CNAC/MNAM/Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. © Barbara Moore / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. © 2015 Nam June Paik Estate

Revisions—Zen for Film
Bard Graduate Center Gallery


September 18 through January 10, 2016 Tues-Sun: 11 am to 5 pm; Thurs to 8 pm $7, $5 seniors and students.

Hollis Barnhart

Bard Graduate Center
18 West 86 Street
New York, New York 10024

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How do works of art endure over time in the face of aging materials and changing interpretations of their meaning? How do decay, technological obsolescence, and the blending of old and new media affect what an artwork is and can become? And how can changeable artworks encourage us to rethink our assumptions of a work of art as fixed and static?

Opening September 18 in Bard Graduate Center's Focus Gallery, Revisions—Zen for Film explores these questions through Zen for Film (1962–64), one of the most evocative artworks created by the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006).

Revisions—Zen for Film was curated by Hanna Hölling, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center. Developed during a two-year Andrew W. Mellon 'Cultures of Conservation' Fellowship at Bard Graduate Center, it is accompanied by a digital interactive with contributions by BGC master's students and a publication of the same name published by the University of Chicago Press.

About Bard Graduate Center:

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City. Our Gallery exhibitions and publications, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Founded in 1993, it is an academic unit of Bard College.