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“Broadcast” Begins National Tour at the Contemporary Museum

New exhibition opens the Contemporary Museum’s season on September 8, 2007.

SOURCE: The Contemporary Museum
“The exhibition addresses the influence and rise of media culture over the past forty years,” said Irene Hofmann, the exhibition’s curator.
"Broadcast," a new exhibition at the Contemporary Museum, will debut on Sunday, September 9, 2007. The exhibition examines—and often challenges—the power and influence of mass communications on the public with works that involve artists engaging in live transmissions (as both invited and uninvited participants) or by creating and executing a broadcast themselves.

"Broadcast" is comprised of 16 works by 11 artists and artist collectives. These works, including single-channel monitor-based videos, video-projection works, photography, installations, and interactive communications projects, explore the ways in which artists since the late 1960s have engaged, critiqued and inserted themselves into mainstream television and radio broadcasts. The artists challenge the enormous power of broadcast communication and its potential for manipulation or deception.

Some of the works in the exhibition involve an artist intervening into existing broadcasts or by creating a broadcast of their own. Examples of these works include TV’s iconoclastic and irreverent broadcast from the floor of the 1972 Republican Convention called "Four More Years," and "TV Hijack," a performance by Chris Burden during which he took television host Phyllis Lutjeans hostage during a live broadcast in 1972.

Other works in the exhibition feature the critical reuse of previously broadcast material. Examples include "Hostage" (1994) by Dara Birnbaum, which incorporates archival media coverage from the 1977 kidnapping of the German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer by the Baader Meinhof group; "The Last Ten Minutes," (1976-77) by Antonio Muntadas, which studies broadcasting conventions in cities worldwide at different moments in history; and "CC" (2003) by Siebren Versteeg, which reframes a series of CNN broadcasts.

“The exhibition addresses the influence and rise of media culture over the past forty years,” said Irene Hofmann, Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum, who is also the exhibition’s curator. “The works in the show examine or expose the power structure behind broadcast media world-wide and remind us how influential these outlets have been over the years on social, cultural, and political events.”

The "Broadcast" exhibit will be augmented by three months of programming, including lectures, films, and gallery talks; the programming schedule will be available in late August. Upon closing in Baltimore, "Broadcast" will go on a national tour through 2009, with dates to be announced.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, and iCI (Independent Curators International) of New York. It is made possible, in part, with support from the iCI Exhibition Partners.
The Contemporary Museum is located at 100 West Centre Street, in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm; and during this exhibition until 7pm on Thursdays. For more information, call (410) 783-5720 or visit

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This story was published on August 16, 2007.