There are a number of video/DVD titles in the RISD Library which are the hidden gems of the collection, but few people know about them. We have decided to have a Spotlight on Videos feature every week, which will give brief summaries/reviews of some of these treasures. This week, the spotlight is on Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. [RISD Media in Reserves, call no. N6512.5.V53 S87 2008]. It is a nine-DVD anthology, first published by Video Data Bank on VHS in 1995, covering the history of video art and experimental media in America from 1968 to 1980. The nine volumes include work by some of the best known names in American art of the 20th century, including Dan Graham, John Baldessari, Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas, Lynda Benglis, Shigeko Kubota, Paul McCarthy, Nancy Holt, Richard Serra, and many more. The set covers over 16 hours of video, 68 titles created by 60+ artists and is a must-see for anybody interested in video art.
Since the set is quite rare, the copy at the RISD Library can only be viewed in the Library by students. Faculty can borrow it for classroom projection for one day only.
If you have been fortunate enough to watch any of the volumes in this set, let us know what you thought about them – your opinions are important to us.