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Gray Hairs

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Summary
In "Gray Hairs" the fur of William Wegman's dog, Man Ray, is filmed in close-up. Through a series of slow dissolves, fur melts into fur. The soundtrack consists of Man Ray's amplified sounds -- breathing, shifting positions, and licking his lips. In its simplicity the work takes on a meditative quality.

"Artist's Showcase" was a series designed to showcase video art and experimental work from WGBH. The program ran on Sunday evenings at 11 P.M., from the fall of 1976 through 1982. In the early 1970's, "Artist's Showcase" was the only consistent broadcast outlet for many of the Workshop productions. Most materials of broadcast quality created at WGBH in the mid-1970's were shown as part of this series. Additionally, earlier video art experiments and segments of related shows, such as "Mixed Bag" or "What's Happening Mr. Silver" were broadcast under these auspices. This series was also a broadcast outlet for a handful of works by video artists that were not created at WGBH but only acquired for this purpose. Some compilation reels showing highlights of Workshop activity were also broadcast.
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Dogs, Unedited footage
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