Curated by Lauren Cornell and Hanne Mugaas, Guild Hall, East Hampton
June 30-July 29, 2012
Escape features a leading group of contemporary artists including Laurie Anderson, Burt Barr, Lynda Benglis, Jonathan Horowitz, Joan Jonas, Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong, Keith Sonnier, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman, who have worked with video in expanded ways, from the single-screen to immersive installations. The exhibition plays off the idea of Long Island as a beachy getaway. It explores the subject of escape from multiple angles: as leisure, as consumer frenzy, as a force of gentrification, and as a source of transcendence and transformation. The subject of video--of media, itself, as an escape, be it political, perceptual, or recreational will also be taken up by works on view. The show includes artists who are considered pioneers of video art, who have lived or worked out on Long Island. There will also be a screening of videos and a talk by Matt Keegan, an artist working with video who grew up on the island in the 80s and 90s.