Charles Atlas: Selected Videos 1987–2015
September 22, 2023 — March 24, 2024
Charles Atlas: Selected Video, 1987-2015 features three works by pioneering video artist Charles Atlas (American, b. 1949), highlighting his fifty-year career and the diversity of his collaborations, subjects, and styles from the late 1980s to 2010s.
The series locates the particular nexus of performance and video in contemporary art. As Seen on TV (1987) was commissioned by PBS for the series ‘Alive from Off Center’. Bill Irwin stars as an aspiring actor who comes for a casting call and wanders into an empty studio. The Myth of Modern Dance (1990) presents dancer and choreographer Douglas Dunn, who satirizes the notion of evolution as a linear process, connecting the history of mankind to modern dance. Filmed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the performing duo DANCE NOISE comprised of Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton play with the idea of performance art in DANCENOISE In a Museum? (2015).
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.