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March 15–June 8, 2008 at the Getty Center

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Interactive Installation

Nina Sobell's Interactive Electroencephalographic Video Drawings

In 1973, artist Nina Sobell began a collaboration with neuropsychologists at Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, California, to translate electroencephalogram (EEG) readings from two subjects into a live video image. The resulting installation, Interactive Electroencephalographic Video Drawings, allows visitors wired with EEG sensors to observe a composite image of their brainwaves on a closed-circuit monitor while sitting in a living-room-like environment in the Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall.

Fridays through June 6, 2008, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturdays through June 7, 2008, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Sundays through June 8, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Same-day sign-ups are required. Sign up at the Information Desk in the Museum Entrance Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Outdoor Screenings

Hotbed: Video Cultivation beside the Getty Gardens
Projected on the exterior walls of the Getty Center, artists' videos from 1984 to 2007 explore the theme of the body as nature or culture. Viewers can stroll the grounds of the Getty Center to see videos spectacularly displayed between the architecture and gardens in this special two-evening installation curated by Anne Bray, director of Freewaves. Free; no reservations required.

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Friday, May 9, 2008, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 2008, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Getty Center

Gallery Course

California Video: Artists and Histories
Join exhibition curator Glenn Phillips in a series of screenings, lectures, and discussions examining the history of video art in California. This two-part course focuses on individual artists as case studies and will feature a number of rarely-screened works. Course fee $30; $20 students. Open to 140 participants.

Part I: April 12, 2008, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
John Baldessari, Paul Kos, Cynthia Maughan, and Wolfgang Stoerchle

Part II: April 19, 2008, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Skip Arnold, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, Dale Hoyt, and Mike Kelley

Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall


The David Ross Show
David Ross, former director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, welcomes special guest John Baldessari, as well as Glenn Phillips, curator of the California Video exhibition. Other artists featured in the Getty exhibition, including Suzanne Lacy, Paul McCarthy, Ilene Segalove, and Bill Viola, stop by for really good conversation.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

still from Interactive Electroencephalographic Video Drawings / Sobell

Video Screening Series

Each of the screenings in this six-evening series is organized by a guest curator and expresses an alternate view of the diverse history of video art in California. The programs are available for viewing in the exhibition's Video Study Room.

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Memory Inversion
March 26, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

April 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Video: Uncensored
April 9, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

TV Art
May 14, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Without Imagination There Is No Will: The Woman's Building Tapes
May 21, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

I'll Be Your Mirror: Works about Celebrity
May 28, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Join a Museum educator before or after your visit to the California Video exhibition to hear a brief overview and participate in a 15-minute question and answer session. Free; meet at the Museum Information Desk.

Tuesdays–Sundays, April 1–June 8, 2008, 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Party at MOCA

Underground Forces
Years before the birth of MTV, artist Joe Rees and his organization Target Video began taping and editing what would become some of the first conceptually and aesthetically driven music videos. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents a special outdoor screening of Target Video's legendary club show Underground Forces, featuring rare footage of West Coast punk and New Wave bands; their East Coast, Canadian, and European counterparts; and a healthy sampling of the artists, groupies, punk rockers, and weirdos that populated California's underground scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Saturday, June 7, 2008
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles
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