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Artist's Showcase; Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974; William Wegman and Man Ray

Part of New Television Workshop.

04/07/1975

This excerpt from the Selected Works of William Wegman features Wegman teaching his dog, May Ray, how to spell the word "beach." Wegman commends Man Ray for spelling the words "park" and "out" correctly, but mistakenly spelling "beech" instead of "beach."


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974
Title

William Wegman and Man Ray

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

Selections from the works of William Wegman are interspersed with an interview between the artist and Russell Connor, which takes place in a variety of settings. Wegman discusses the interview process, his influences and audiences, his working process, and his dog Man Ray.

Segmented works show Wegman teaching Man Ray to spell “beach”; a monologue from the perspective of a mouthless boy; a monologue of a shock-therapy patient whose face is frozen into a permanent smile; the adjustment of a dog’s position based on the flipping of a coin; boot, deodorant, and massage-chair “commercials”; a knock-kneed airplane traveler; and a conversation based around the copyright page of a dictionary.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Documentaries and factual works
Video art
Dogs
Man Ray, 1890-1976
Wegman, William
Topics
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974; William Wegman and Man Ray,” 04/07/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_43FE64C0D29540C0AC82AE97A4B875AB.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974; William Wegman and Man Ray.” 04/07/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_43FE64C0D29540C0AC82AE97A4B875AB>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974; William Wegman and Man Ray. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_43FE64C0D29540C0AC82AE97A4B875AB
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