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Re: [teacherartexchange] Calder and Junebum Park


From: chris massingill (chris_massingill_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 30 2006 - 19:58:58 PDT


Just FYI there is a fantastic video clip of Alexander
Calder with his wire circus on "United Streaming"
which I thought you might be interested in. United
Streaming is an educational resource that some school
districts have access to that the art teachers might
not be aware of - they have all kinds of PBS quality
video about any subject imaginable. Under Fine Arts
there are segments on everything from Cave Art to
Picasso along with teacher's guides and Curriculum

The format is digital video intended for a computer
and/or laptop with a digital projector, but you might
be able to save it to DVD as well, I'm just not sure.
 My district had access but it wasn't well known and I
didn't find out about it until the librarian happened
to mention it to me near the end of the school year so
I haven't done much research into how I would actually
show it in class other than making my class gather
around a lone computer screen. But all the same, it's
something worth looking into if you are interested in
showing video clips in the classroom. I believe that
they also have a trial membership if you just want to
snoop around and see what's available.

their web address is

chris in Central Arkansas

--- Harold Olejarz <> wrote:

> Few people know that Alexander Calder designed a
> sidewalk in front of
> 1014-1018 Madison Ave. between 78 and 79th streets.
> Calder's gallery
> was in the building and three galleries split the
> installation cost of
> the sidewalk. The sidewalk is a few blocks up from
> the Whitney Museum
> where you can see Calder's Circus. The Whitney has a
> great display of
> the Circus and they run the Calder's Circus video. I
> used to teach a
> wire sculpture project and would show the students
> the video before
> they started their wire sculptures. The more I saw
> the video the more
> I realized that Calder was an early performance
> artist. Calder would
> perform the Circus in Paris and New York in the late
> 1920s and 1930s.
> The Cicus is usually mentioned as Calder's link to
> kinetic art but the
> performance aspect if overlooked. If you get a
> chance to see the video
> do.
> The reason I mention Calder is that I thought of him
> while watching
> Junebum Park's video entitled Parking at the
> Projected Realities,
> Video Art from East Asia exhibition at Asia Society.
> In the video a
> hand, the artist's I presume, appears to be moving
> cars in and out of
> a parking space. The video is a composite of the
> hand and actual cars
> going in and out of parking spaces. In a sense,
> Junebum Park, was
> manipulating the cars the way Calder manipulated the
> circus figures. I
> was very impressed with Park's work. Park's pieces
> are short and
> imaginative. Click here to read a review of his work
> and see stills
> from his video.
> BTW the exhibition was dedicated to Nam June Paik
> For an image of the sidewalk and links to things
> mentioned above see my blog.
> --
> Harold
> Harold Olejarz
> Blog -
> Website -
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