A number of important developments in the area of video technology from the mid 1960’s to the early 1970’s facilitated artists’ use of the medium during this era and set the groundwork for the development of video’s dominant role in contemporary art practice. Janet Dees, SITE’s Thaw Curatorial Fellow, will discuss the work of some of the artists who pioneered the use of video, and the continued relevance of their experiments and lines of inquiry for artists working in the medium.
In their passionate, poetic exchanges, documented in video and other means, McCallum and Tarry, a mixed-race husband and wife team, seek to complicate and overcome the archetypical binary “white man/black woman” in their work. By exploring their relationships to each other, McCallum and Tarry are in fact investigating race in the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical contexts.
The exhibition at SITE Santa Fe, One on One, will feature three works by McCallum and Tarry: Topsy Turvy, Cut, and Exchange.