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Image of Absalon To Be Projected Until It Vanishes (detail)

Matthew Buckingham, Image of Absalon To Be Projected Until It Vanishes (detail), 2001
Continuous color 35mm slide projection and framed text
dimensions variable
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Fund purchase, 2009.139;
© 2013 Matthew Buckingham



The American Room

David Claerbout, The American Room (still), 2009-10
Single-channel HD video projection, Dolby Digital-encoded surround sound, 5.1 channels, 24:29 min.
dimensions variable
Collection SFMOMA
photo: Ian Reeves Photography, courtesy SFMOMA;
© 2013 David Claerbout



Exhibitions

Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham

August 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Performing Still Images looks at two distinct ways of addressing the relationship between different media: photography and video in David Claerbout’s "The American Room" and photography as a time-based practice in Matthew Buckingham’s work, “Image of Absalon Projected Until it Vanishes”. Both artists base their projections on still images—Claerbout on thousands of still images portraying an audience in a musical performance and classical setting, and Buckingham on the slow, cinematic, fade-to-white of a projected slide image. Both artists deal with the memory of a past in ways that evoke sentiments as well as new ways of dissolving our culture of representation.

The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham will be the first of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.