Movie-Drome, Stony Point, New York, 1963-1965. Courtesy of the Estate of Stan VanDerBeek.

Fall 2019 {120 College Street}

Curated by Sara VanDerBeek

VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek will be a multidisciplinary exhibition focused on pioneering film and video artist and Black Mountain College alumnus Stan VanDerBeek. The show will include a selection of Stan VanDerBeek’s restored films, featuring layers of dance, color, and sound – often through collaborations with other artists. Contemporary artist, Sara VanDerBeek, will curate and create new work for the exhibition based in the BMC legacy. VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant.

Stan VanDerBeek was a pioneer in the world of digital media and experimental film. He began his career as a visual artist at Black Mountain College. Throughout his life he remained committed to his radical aesthetic sensibilities developed during his studies at BMC. 

Sara VanDerBeek earned a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1998. Her photographs utilize a variety of formal strategies and references yet remain consistently engaged with issues of memory and the experience of time and space. She first became known in the mid-2000s for photographs featuring her own makeshift sculptural configurations constructed from found images and pieces of wood, metal, and string. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2014); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); and the Baltimore Museum of Art (2015). She lives and works in New York.