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Surveying the Border:
Three Decades of Video Art about the United States and Mexico

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

This 90-minute program presents some of the best short video works made by artists since the mid-1970s that take the relation between the United States and Mexico as their subject matter.

Politics, Landscape, Humor
The program screens videos that address the experience of immigration and the subsequent reality of living in the neighboring country, including provocative political works by a number of artist activists. More lyrical pieces focus on urban and rural landscapes, while other works comment on the humorous absurdity of stereotypes.

The evening encompasses a number of genres of video, including conceptual and performance art, experimental documentary, short fiction, and music video.

Artists in the Program
"Surveying The Border" features work by artists based in Southern California, Tijuana, New York, Mexico City, Florida, El Paso, and Oaxaca.

Artists include Greg Berger, Ira Scheider, Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF), Alan Calpe, Ximena Cuevas, Nathan Gibbs, Guillermo Gधmez-Peña, Art Jones, Andrew Lampert, Jesse Lerner, Yoshua Okon, Sal V. Ricalde, Alex Rivera, Shannon Spanhake, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Bruno Varela, Willie Varela, and others.

After-Screening Discussion
Please join us following the screening for a discussion between artists Ximena Cuevas, Andrew Lampert, and Rubén Ortiz Torres moderated by Rita Gonzalez, assistant curator at the Center for Art of the Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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About This Event
This screening is organized by Glenn R. Phillips, research associate and consulting curator, and Elena Shtromberg, research assistant, Department of Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute.