Video Days is an exhibition consisting of six artists: Larry Clark, Florian Drexel, Spike Jonze, Nicolas Provost, Christopher Samuels and Ryan Wolfe. The exhibition uses film and video to address issues such as social stereotypes, dogma, human conditioning, risk, chance and what it means to live the “American Dream.” Freedom, prosperity, opportunity and success are all hallmarks of the American Dream that can be achieved by hard work – at least, that is what people are led to believe by politicians and mass media. According to curator James Cope, each artist addresses a different motif of what it means to live with the reality of what America has become, a place where people struggle for survival within a broken system that benefits only a select few, the 1%. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the 24-minute film Video Days (1991), the directorial debut of American filmmaker Spike Jonze. Made for the skateboarding company Blind Skateboards, it is considered one of the most influential skateboard videos of all time.
November 1 – December 13, 2013. Hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 1-5 p.m.
Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Curator talk: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
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