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Video Portraits: Men, Women, Music and the Moon
September 24 - October 18, 2009
Curated by Lana Z Caplan

Portraits of relationships, pop culture, an all girl, feminist, 50’s do-wop, punk rock band and a pioneer woman all wrapped up into one powerful look into another.

Video works included in this program  (total running time 40 minutes)
Mass Ornament, Natalie Bookchin, 2009, 07:15
“Natalie Bookchin's new video installation, Mass Ornament, choreographs hundreds of YouTube dance videos to create an dazzling artwork that also questions contemporary isolation and connection via screens, cameras and technology”…Holly Willis

B., Liz Nofziger, 2004, 2:44
Her impossible form embedded in our cultural landscape, this short work examines an iconic doll in the wild.
Dream Story, Saul Levine, 2001, 5:00
This is about a dream I had of Marjorie Keller

Daily Treasures: Living off the Land! (Hammock Chain), Goatsilk, 2008, 04:34
For 20 working days in June 2008, Goatsilk excavated discarded objects sites and histories from the lands around Earthquake Lake in Southwest Montana.  With a series of docu-dramas, they envisioned the life of each item, and subsequently placed them on ebay for auction.  The project unfolded in real-time on their blog, ebay, facebook and youtube, creating a linked circuit between 3 of the Internet’s most visited sites and their virtual outpost.

Long Night’s Journey Into Day, Lana Z Caplan, 2009, 9:50
Inspired by the Eugene O’Neill play Long Day’s Journey Into Night and long winter nights.

i hate you, Michelle Handelman, 2002, 2:53
Riffing off of Bruce Nauman's early performance tapes in a moment of self-loathing narcissism, Handelman chants this negative affirmation into a song of personal endearment. Simultaneously self-reflexive, self-conscious, meditative and pathetically funny.

The Commotitties: A Rocumentary, Katrine Burkitt, 2008, 6:46
"A mocumentary of my performance art band which never really materialized."

Artist Biographies and Contact Information:

Natalie Bookchin is an artist addressing current conditions of global connectivity and the impact of everyday uses of new technologies on how we see, represent, and understand ourselves and the world around us. Her exhibitions include PS1, Mass MOCA, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, and the Tate. She has received grants from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and Daniel Langlois Foundation among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is co-Director of the Photography & Media Program in the Art School at CalArts.

Katrine Burkitt is a recent graduate of the SIM department (Studio for Interrelated Media) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. With approaches ranging from the music video to the abstract narrative, her work is rooted in personal documentary and often uses humor on many different levels. Katrine is originally from Cape Cod but is currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia.

Goatsilk, a collaborative art duo comprised of Ben Bloch and Caroline Peters, was formed in 2002 as an experimental gallery space on the outskirts of Missoula, Montana, creating projects such as The ebay Show, Fill:Full, and The Bowhead Project.  Goatsilk now engages the Internet as a site of continual metamorphosis, as an instrument, and as an artwork in and of itself.  Currently, Bloch teaches new genre arts at Whitman College in Washington, and Peters teaches contemporary theory and directs the art gallery at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Lana Z Caplan makes films/videos, photos and installations which explore relationships between people; lovers and ex-lovers, citizens and their government, fathers and daughters, immigrants and their in-laws, the artist and their subject, and the relationship to oneself.  Her work has been screened and shown in many countries including at MadCat Women’s International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA.  Most recently Caplan has been working on a new film in conjunction with residency support from Wexner Center for the Arts.  Caplan also teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Michelle Handelman makes confrontational works that explore the sublime in it’s various forms of excess and nothingness. Her work has shown internationally including Performa 05; Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, London. Her fiction and critical writing appears in several publications including Filmmaker Magazine and She lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant professor in video at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Saul Levine born in New Haven, CT, is a maker and advocate of avant-garde film and more recently video. He is currently a professor at MassArt, where he has taught for 30 years. His work has been screened nationally and worldwide from Shanghai to Paris. He is based in Boston and hardly leaves town.

Liz Nofziger is a Boston-based video and installation artist. Her site-specific work examines relationships to space within the physical, architectural, political, and pop-cultural landscape.




4 programs of video works curated by Lana Z Caplan
June 25 - October 18, 2009

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North Adams, MA
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Participating Artists include:

Natalie Bookchin
Katrine Burkitt
Lana Z Caplan
Michelle Handelman
Julianna Schley
Saul Levine
Liz Nofziger
Mike Olenick
Rich Remsberg
Adie Russell
Ben Russell
Anabel Vazquez
Suara Welitoff

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Downstreet Art is a program of the MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.
This summer and fall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with MassMOCA, The Northern Berkshire Community Coaliton and Scarafoni Reality to highlight an abundance of art in North Adams' DownStreet Art 2009.

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