Ketcham Gallery on the third floor of the Museum features a selection of video works by Asian artists. The Museum began to collect video and new media art in recent years, and its holdings are small but growing. The first video-based work acquired by SCMA was Internet Dweller: btjm.twelve.jhgd. (1997) by the internationally renowned Korean artist Nam June Paik, who was a pioneer of the medium. (This sculptural assemblage is on view on the lower level gallery as part of Collecting Art of Asia.)
Videos screened during the exhibition include works by Cao Fei and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. The Birth of RMB City, by the young Chinese artist Cao Fei, is an animated video that shows the construction of a virtual city on the interactive internet platform Second Life. It is the first purchase of the Museum’s recently established Contemporary Associates group, whose membership dues are used annually to acquire a work of contemporary art for the collection in new media and photography. In Village and Elsewhere Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook documents a Buddhist priest leading a discussion with village school children of very different works of Western art by Jeff Koons and Artemisia Gentileschi.
Videos will be shown in rotation.
Image: Cao Fei. Born China, 1978 (with Vitamin Creative Space). The Birth of RMB City, 2009. Single-channel color video with sound, duration: 10.5 minutes. Edition 4/10. Purchased with funds from the Contemporary Associates.