Critical Writing Index

Social studies: Social Engagements: Women's Video in the '80s Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City March 3-20

by Lorraine Kenny

Afterimage, May 1987, v. 14, no. 10, pp. 18-19

A review of a recent show of socially engaged feminist video from the 1980s. The author critiques the limited perspective of the show, which focused on established American media makers and well-known work. She takes issue with the curator's presentation of a linear progress of feminist video from personal testimony to analyses of cultural oppression to work about contemporary global social issues, and rejects the categorization of the work into the categories of domestic life, art and politics, the media, and economic change. Issues of censorship, the parenting of young women, and class divisions are addressed. The author was disappointed by the lack of aesthetic or technological innovation represented in these video works.

ITEM 1987.094 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Beneath My SkinCecelia Condit

Possibly in MichiganCecelia Condit

Leaving the Twentieth CenturyMax Almy

Perfect LeaderMax Almy

Pop PopDara Birnbaum

Damnation of Faust: Will-'O-The-Wisp (A Deceitful Grail)Dara Birnbaum

Serafina Bathrick Reads Working WomanPaper Tiger Television

The Maids!Muriel Jackson

Women of SteelMon Valley Media

Secret Sounds Screaming: The Sexual Abuse of ChildrenAyoka Chenzira

Trick or DrinkVanalyne Green

Scenes from the Micro WarSherry Milner

A Simple Case for Torture, Or How to Sleep at NightMartha Rosler

Freedom of Information Tape 1: Jean SebergMargia Kramer

Joan Braderman Reads the National EnquirerPaper Tiger Television

Just Because of Who We AreHera Media

The Trial of Tilted ArcShu Lea Cheang

Sign on a TruckJenny Holzer

Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the RockMichelle Parkerson