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What I See When I Look At You

A video installation by Chris Doyle
Opens September 7-11, showing from 9pm-11pm
Exterior of Museum of Art, north wall
Presented in conjunction with the regional video art project
VideoCulture: Three Decades of Video Art

What I See When I Look at You
Chris Doyle
What I See When I Look at You
video installation

During the month of September 2000 several institutions in our region--including Cranbrook and the Detroit Institute of Arts--will launch a regional series of simultaneous installations to draw attention to the importance of video in our culture. The Museum of Art's contribution to this effort will be an outdoor projection onto the Museum's north facade by video artist Chris Doyle. This project examines the changing notion of the portrait, contrasting images of American eighteenth and nineteenth-century portraits from the Museum's collection with faces of a spectrum of everyday people across the UM campus today. In producing his video, Doyle used the computer to merge these portraits in unexpected ways, exploring the concept of collective and individual identity.

New York-based artist Chris Doyle was trained as an architect at Harvard, and has since emerged as a major talent in video art. One hallmark of his projects is their focus on the objects of ordinary life, and the artist's desire to make us aware of them in new ways. Recent projects have included covering the steps of the Williamsburg Bridge in gold leaf.