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Paik Nam June

Korea

Grants Awarded

1970 | Arts, General | United States

For participation in a project undertaken by WGBH, Lowell Institute of Cooperative Broadcasting Council

1965 | Visual Art | United States

to pursue composing activities and to observe contemporary music developments in the United States.

Events

Exhibition / United States

Rewind: Selections from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection

June 9, 2016 - August 7, 2016

Rewind: Selections from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection comprises a selection of new media works from the Museum’s collection; Asian contemporary art.

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Grantees: Le Dinh Q., Yang Fudong, Tanaka Koki, Aida Makoto, Paik Nam June, Patty Chang

Exhibition / Japan

Nam June Paik | Who Will be Laughing in 2020 ?+?=??

July 17, 2016 - October 10, 2016

Marking a decade on since the death of the “Father of Video Art”, Nam June Paik, this exhibition gathers together an impressive collection of 230 pieces of installation, video, painting and drawing works of the moving image master, bringing to light the concepts behind them and the life of the artist himself. Also included in the show is a special feature of Paik’s collaboration with Joseph Beuys.

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Grantee: Paik Nam June

Exhibition / United States

Sonata: Print Series by Nam June Paik

January 9, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Sonata: Print Series by Nam June Paik offers a series of prints, including Paik’s musical compositions, drawings, photographs, performances, events and video sculptures. Nam June Paik, the Korean-American artist who died in 2006 at age 73, is widely known as the father of video art. He produced a large body of work while exploring the influence of electronic media on the arts.

Nam June Paik received ACC Fellowships in 1965 and 1970 for research in the United States.

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Grantee: Paik Nam June

Special Event / United States

What’s Technology Got to Do With It?

July 20, 2017

Nam June Paik is known as the father of video art. We celebrate this innovative visionary, on what would have been his eighty-fifth birthday, with Barbara London, Yale University’s media arts critic and MoMA’s former associate curator in the department of media and performance art. London established MoMA’s video collection, and was the editor of Soundings: A Contemporary Score, their first major exhibition of sound art. She gives a talk entitled “What’s Technology Got to Do With It?”

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Grantees: Barbara London, Paik Nam June

Exhibition / United States

Nam June Paik: Music is Not Sound

September 11, 2019 - October 20, 2019

The centerpiece of the exhibition is ACC alumnus Nam June Paik's Main Channel Matrix, 1993-1996, a monumental videowall composed of 65 television sets that play Paik’s seminal 1973 video broadcast Global Groove on continuous, splicing loop. With this work, Paik combined compositional design and video imagery to create a radical manifesto on the nature of global communication in a media saturated world. The notion of using multiple television monitors stacked within a structural framework to display information has long been a trade show marketing tool. Paik reimagined the commercial videowall for electric, expressive purpose, deploying a pastiche of sound and image to create a moving mural, composed of hundreds of discrete images, that subverted the standard language of television. Japanese Pepsi commercials are intercut with performances by avant-garde artists Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg and the Living Theater; dancers shimmying in a colorized space to Mitch Ryder's Devil with a Blue Dress On are juxtaposed with traditional Korean dancers. Charlotte Moorman, Paik’s longtime collaborator, plays the TV Cello; and they play the TV Bra for Living Sculpture. Richard Nixon’s face, magnetically distorted, appears and disappears.

Commonly hailed as the father of video art, Nam June Paik saw the latent artistic potential in the glow of the television set sitting in every American’s living room. Paik, who died in 2006 at the age of 73, left behind a groundbreaking body of work that synthesized music, video, performance, television broadcast and technological experimentation to profoundly alter our understanding of the electronic image. With a prolific output that included manipulated TV sets, video wall installations, live performances, single-channel videos, and global television broadcasts, Paik balanced a Utopian philosophy with a technical pragmatism and subversive sense of humor, creating artworks that drew on chance encounters between ideas, the object and the public.

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Grantee: Paik Nam June