God Only Knows Who the Audience Is

Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM
April 21–July 2, 2011

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Book launch: Thurs., May 12, 6–8 p.m.
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God Only Knows Who the Audience Is: Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM is produced by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. This exhibition investigates the notion of "performing" as a medium and a site of mediation. It focuses on works from the 1970s and 1980s, a time when emerging technologies such as the Portapak and cable television were transforming the way that artists documented, shared, and, ultimately, performed their work.

This exhibition investigates the ways in which live performance, film, and video influenced and overlapped one another in this moment. The works demonstrate artists' different uses and understandings of new technologies, their relationship to the audience, and the role of the document. A selection of contemporary works will demonstrate how similar issues of documentation, presentation and technology continue to affect artists working with performance.

Book launch: Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the Wattis Galleries

Artists

Eleanor Antin, Rea Baldridge, Olaf Breuning, Chris Burden, CAC TV, Peter d'Agostino, Jaime Davidovich, Douglas Davis, Paul Forte, Terry Fox, Mario Garcia Torres, Lynn Hershman, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kersels, Paul & Marlene Kos, Noah Krell, Joel Kyack, La Mamelle/ART COM, Stephen Laub, Chip Lord & Phil Garner, Whitney Lynn, Tom Marioni, Raul Marroquin, Luis Felipe Ortega & Daniel Guzman, Ricardo Rivera, Bonnie Sherk, Barbara Smith, SOON 3, Pierrick Sorin, T. R. Uthco & Ant Farm, and Bill Viola

Generous support for God Only Knows Who the Audience Is: Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM has been provided by the Live Oak Foundation and Roger & Victoria Sant.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator's Forum.