MODERN ART MUSEUM
Nam June Paik
TV Buddha, 1992
Buddha, monitor, CCT camera
53 x 83 x 22 inches
Nicola Erni Collection
The Modern - I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen
Exhibition on Display: February 12, 2023 - April 30, 2023
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the landmark I'll Be Your Mirror: Art
and the Digital Screen, a thematic group exhibition that examines the screen's
vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than sixty
works by fifty artists over the past five decades. The artists included examine screen
culture through a broad range of media such as paintings, sculpture, video games, digital
art, augmented reality, and video.
Screens affect nearly every aspect of life today. Their pervasiveness has bred a 24/7
breaking news cycle, the looming corporate-sponsored virtual - reality "Metaverse,"
unlimited accessibility and content, and an ease in how ideas and images are distributed,
undoubtedly shaping culture in profound ways. This exhibition starts in 1969 - the year of
the televised Apollo moon landing and the launch of the internet’s prototype, ARPANET - as
this was the watershed year where collective connectivity through screens was first
mobilized in mainstream culture. This era forged what the media theorist Marshall
McLuhan presciently deemed in the 1960s a "global village," a place where distance
is collapsed and people from across the world readily interact. Following this
trajectory, contemporary life is hybrid and increasingly mediated through screens.
These flat and finite surfaces embody more than what meets the eye - they hold up a
mirror to society and contribute to forming meaning in life and mainstream culture.
I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen is organized into nine key themes:
liminal space, connectivity, surveillance, the repository, digital abstraction, the
posthuman body, automation and the loneliness epidemic, ecology, and turning a mirror
More than 25,000 square feet of gallery space will be devoted to the exhibition, which
will include iconic works by prominent national and international artists of the 20th
and 21st centuries, such as Cory Arcangel, American Artist, Gretchen Bender, Lynn
Hershman Leeson, Arthur Jafa, Nam June Paik, Hito Steyerl, and Andy Warhol, and as
well as several leading artists living in Texas, including Liss LaFleur, Kristin
Lucas, and John Pomara. Several new and never-before-seen works by key artists
Caitlin Cherry, Simon Denny, Kahlil Robert Irving, and Hasan Elahi will debut in
this exhibition. This is the most in-depth show of its kind in the Southwest region
and is only one of a few presentations exploring art and digital technology in the
past decade at this scale. The exhibition is organized by the Modern Art Museum of
Fort Worth and is curated by Curator Alison Hearst.
About The Modern Art Museum
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and
interpreting international developments in post - World War II art in all media and
creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes
understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and
publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided
tours, classes, and workshops.
The collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is comprised of nearly
3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints.
The majority of works in the collection are dated between 1945 and the present.
All major, international movements are represented, including Abstract Expressionism;
British, German, French, and American Pop; Color Field Painting; Minimalism;
Conceptualism; Post-Minimalism; New Image Painting, and Neo - Expressionism.
Pop and Minimalism are particularly strong, as is German art of the 1970s and 1980s.
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