Kramlich redux

We were just speaking of the Kramlich Collection of video art (see post on NY Times story) and yesterday I got a note from Dan Byers of the Fab Workshop and Museum.

The Fab is showing works from the Kramlich collection, right now — as we speak. “Single Screen Selections of Rare Film and Audio from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection” will run in two parts, between now and November, 2005. Here’s the link to the Fab page on the show.

Part One, June 18-Aug. 21, features works from the 60s and 70s by artists who are better known for work in other fields: William Allan, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Henning Christiansen, Christof Karlhofer, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Gilbert and George, and Bruce Nauman. Performance-based and process-oriented, the works, many of them collaborative, are experimental and should be surprising and of interest to all of us video maniacs. Here’s the big surprise: Sigmar Polke making video, or audio????? Hard to imagine.

Part Two, Sept. 9-Nov. 12, features video sculpture, including work by Larry Clark, Mariko Mori, Dara Birnbaum, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Dan Graham, and Alan Ruppersburg. Once again, here’s a surprise. Larry Clark made a video sculpture???

About the Kramliches, the press material says they “began collecting video art in the 1980s and established the New Art Trust to encourage the scholarship and conservation of new media art.” Works from the Kramlich Collection have been shown publicly at the San Francisco MOMA in 1999 and at PS1 in 2002-2003.

The press release doesn’t say where the works are on exhibit in the museum but it must be the 5th floor, where they have a video lounge. And also a large gallery space. The Fab has always been a big video art emporium so it is fitting that the Kramlich’s collection is in residence for a while. Kind of like a home away from home.
(image is video”Food Print Film,” c. 1969 by Ruscha. 16mm color film transferred to video. Running time: 30 minutes. Image courtesy Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection.)
ruscha, ed