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Artist's Showcase; Art Talker

Part of New Television Workshop.

12/21/1980

Art Talker by Russell Connor


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Art Talker
Series Description

Anthology series of experimental, avant garde video productions. Program titles: "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW I: DISTRICT I and PALE COOL, PALE WARM;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW II: TZADDICK;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW III: GEORGE'S HOUSE;" "SELECTED WORKS - 1974 - 1975;" "THE GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR;" "SET OF COINCIDENCE;" "ALL ACROSS BOSTON;" " UNTITLED PERFORMANCE BY ROBERT GOLDMAN;" "QUIDDATAS;" "TELEPORTRAITS;" "FOUR SIDED TAPES;" "AMY LOWELL;" "PRIMORDIAL SOUP;" "HOWARD;" "THIRD TAPE;" "PAST FANTASIES;" "SEMI BUFFET;" "EAST ENDED TAPE;" "A COLOR PIECE FOR TV;" "CONTEXTS AND ONE AND MANY;" "THREE TRANSITIONS;" "CITY SCAPE;" "OUT OF TIME;" "NO TITLE." Series release date: 1975

Program Description

In this commentary on biography, autobiography, and television, Russell Connor uses the medium of video to comment on his own work. Russell Connor was the host of a WGBH and Boston Museum of Fine Arts show in the early 1960’s entitled “Museum Open House.” In “Art Talker,” Connor’s image is superimposed over an episode of the show from 1963 -- a spot on the painter James McNeill Whistler. The “contemporary” Connor critiques and observes his younger self. He deconstructs the mystique of television, pointing out that rather than reciting biographical information about Whistler from memory, his younger self is actually reading off cue cards. “It’s almost poignant,” Connor tells us at one point, as he responds to his earlier image, “But he was a ham.” Autobiography and biography merge, as Connors simultaneously relays details of Whistler’s life and of his own (referring to himself in the third person). Little credit information is provided.

Duration

00:60:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Autobiography
Biography
Television
Educational/cultural works
Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903
Topics
Film and Television
Contributors
Connor, Russell ()
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Art Talker,” 12/21/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16835214FA7E46D3A6A12939372443E5.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Art Talker.” 12/21/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16835214FA7E46D3A6A12939372443E5>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Art Talker. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16835214FA7E46D3A6A12939372443E5
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