On Art and Artists video collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 350 videotape interviews and portraits of some 300 artists, musicians, performers, architects, theorists, and critics, made since 1974. The collection includes 90 historic artist interviews produced by Video Data Bank founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield between 1974 and 1988; interviews with artists, architects, musicians, critics and other creative practitioners, recorded in conversation with Video Data Bank staff, colleagues from the School of the Art Institute faculty, and others knowledgeable about the particular interviewee’s work; independently produced artist interviews and documentaries produced by artists and by external producers and producing organizations, including Artists Television Network, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University of Colorado; and experimental works by artists, focusing on fellow artists and the artistic process, including experimental portraits of artists, and documentaries about the artistic process, from intimate one-on-one close-ups and dialogues, to full studio production studies. Approximately 140 titles are active distribution through VDB.

Biographical Historical Note

Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB Collection includes the work of more than 550 artists and 5,500 video art titles, 2,500+ in active distribution. The collection On Art and Artists began with the first videotaped interviews of artists made by VDB founders Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, in 1974.