September 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020 {120 College Street}

Curated by Sara VanDerBeek and Chelsea Spengemann

Stan VanDerBeek “Movie-Drome” (1963-1965), Installation view, Design-In, Central Park, New York, NY, 1967. Photo: Bob Hanson.

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 create new work for the exhibition connected to the BMC legacy. Together Sara VanDerBeek and Chelsea Spengemann, Director of the Stan VanDerBeek Estate, will curate an exhibition that bridges the historic and contemporary. VanDerBeek + VanDerBeek is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant.




About Stan VanDerBeek

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.

Stan VanDerBeek, Poemfield No. 1 (1967), 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, silent, 5:00 min. Realized with Ken Knowlton. © Estate of Stan VanDerBeek. All rights reserved.

About Sara VanDerBeek

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.

Sara VanDerBeek, Roman Stripe IV, 2016. Two Digital C-prints, Each 96 7/8 x 100 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.