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Howard Wise Gallery records, 1943-1989

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Series 6: Video Recordings , 1973 - circa 1985
2.5 Linear feet
Boxes 9-12

Series contains video footage shot by Howard Wise, mainly of interviews with artists in Wellfleet, Mass. and other Cape Cod locations. Most of the video recordings by Wise contain raw, unedited footage, and individual tapes may contain more than one subject. A video log book containing notes on many of the videos lists additional subjects for each tape, with page numbers corresponding to numbers on tapes. Many tapes also have detailed labels. A few of the interviews seem to have been edited later into a series Wise called "Video Portraits," including intervies with Serge Chermeyeff, Edwin Dickinson, and Jack Tworkov. A printed program for a public screening of these works, called "Video Capers" is found at the beginning of the series. Note that not all of the subjects listed in the program are represented in the extant footage. An interview with Howard Wise is also found. Interviews are on 21 videoreels (1/2") and 4 videocassettes (U-matic)
In addition to interviews, events such as art openings, benefits, gallery tours, local camp activities are documented in the recordings. A dinner party with Jean Dubuffet and Thomas Messer, as well as footage of the premiere performance of Dubuffet's Coucou Bazaar at the Guggenheim Museum, are also found. Recordings of panel discussions held on board an ocean liner, mostly on science subjects, are also found. Events are on 12 videoreels (1/2").
Footage of kinetic, media, and performance artworks includes multiple works from the 1967 Lights in Orbit exhibition and Nam June Paik at Bonino Gallery on 1 videocassette (VHS), multiple Howard Wise Gallery exhibitions from 1964-1965 on two videocassettes (U-matic), including On the Move (1964), Group Zero (1964), Gerald Oster, and Len Lye's Bounding Steel Sculptures (1965). Also found is a video performance by Hannah Wilke labeled "Noh Film" on 1 video reel.
Video recordings are arranged alphabetically by name for videos whose dominant subject is an individual, followed by videos documenting events in chronological order. Moving image material created by others is arranged at the end of the series.
Many of the video recordings in this series have been digitized for research access.
Description Container Select
Program for "Video Capers" Event, circa 1974
9
20
Video Log Book, 1973-1977
9
21
Marcel Breuer, 1973-1974
2 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
1
Serge Chermeyeff, 1973-1974
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
Label reads "Video portrait of Serge Chermayeff 1973-1974 by Howard Wise"
3 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
2-3
Edwin Dickinson, 1973
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
Label reads "Edwin Dickinson: Video Portrait"
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
4
Ethel Edwards, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
Label reads "Video Capers - art opening Ethel Edwards, Xavier Gonzalez in his Wellfleet Studio"
diameter 7 inch
3 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
diameter 5 inch
10
5-6
Xavier Gonzales, 1973
3 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
7-8
Marty and Jack Hall, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
9
1
Al Jensen, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
9
2
Juliet Kepes, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
10
10
1
Gyorgy Kepes, 1976
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
10
10
2
Robert Jay Lifton, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
1
1
Sidney Simon, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
1
2
Lilli Saarinen, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
2
Jack Tworkov, 1974
2 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
3
Howard Wise, 1980
1 Videocassettes (U-matic)
Label reads "H.W. on Art"
11
4
Dinner Party with Jean Dubuffet, Thomas Messer, and Others, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
5
Panel Discussions on the S.S. Canberra, 1973
2 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
6
Wellfleet Terns, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
7
1
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Camp, 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
7
2
Tour of Left Bank and Cove Galleries, Wellfleet, Mass., 1973
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
11
8
1
Truro Invitational Tennis Tournament, 1975
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
Label reads "Lee Falk Tennis Party"
11
8
2
Castle Hill Art School Benefit and Interviews at Cape Cod Galleries, 1973
2 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
Shown are Cherry Stone and Kendall Galleries.
11
9
Coucou Bazaar, 1973
3 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
Premiere performance at the opening of Jean Dubuffet retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum.
11
10-11
Works from Lights in Orbit Exhibition (1967), circa 1985
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
Video copy of film not found with collection
12
1
Exhibition Footage (1964-1965), circa 1980
2 Videocassettes (U-matic)
Video is copy of film and other footage not found with collection. Labels read: "On the Move, Group Zero, Oster Exhibition, Len Lye's Bounding Sculptures"
12
2
Hannah Wilke, Noh Film, 1974
1 Videoreels (1/2 inch)
12
3

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