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Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974

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This episode of "Artist's Showcase" features &qout;Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974" by William Wegman.

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 mouth less 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.

This was created for WNET's "Video Television Review" and may have been broadcast on "Artist's Showcase."

"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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Compilation films, Dogs, Video art, Documentaries and factual works
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