The 1981 video “New York/New Wave,” on continuous loop now through September in P.S. 1’s exhibition “A BIT OF MATTER: The MoMA PS1 Archives, 1976–2000,” serves as a reminder of the early period when art events were first documented on video. Paul Tschinkel was one of the first filmmakers to bring a portable video camera into New York art galleries. His ongoing series ART/new york (distributed to schools, libraries, and museums worldwide since 1979) combines this exhibition footage with interviews of top artists.
Paul Tschinkel continues adding to his unmatched archive of programs, which now numbers 70, and is especially comprehensive of artists who were active in 1980s New York: Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Ida Applebroog, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Nam June Paik, Eric Fischl, Kiki Smith, Julian Schnabel, Laurie Anderson, and so on. The programs also feature leading critics and art historians, including Roberta Smith, Peter Schjeldahl, Linda Nochlin, Klaus Kertess, and Carlo McCormick. See the full list at ARTnewyork.org/programs.
“New York/New Wave” (ART/new york #5) was the first of the seventeen programs on which art historian Marc H. Miller (now of Gallery 98) worked with Tschinkel in the early 1980s, providing narration and conducting interviews. On his website 98 Bowery, Miller describes his involvement with ART/new york, and makes available memorable segments like Richard Serra’s response to the “Tilted Arc” controversy and a revealing interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat on his acclaimed exhibition at the Fun Gallery.
ART/new york #21 (with image by John “Crash Matos”), #47, and #61. Click images to watch video preview of each program.