CAMH Wins Big-Deal Award for Stan VanDerBeek Retrospective

Stan VanDerBeek, Untitled (Wheeeeels No. 2), 1959
Stan VanDerBeek, Untitled (Wheeeeels No. 2), 1959

If you were super into the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston exhibit "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom," you weren't the only one.

CAMH and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, who co-presented the retrospective show, recently scored an award from the American division of the International Art Critics Association (AICA/USA) for "Best Show Involving Digital Media, Video, Film, or Performance."

The first museum survey of its kind gave it up to the American experimental filmmaker, who left the planet in 1984. The two-month showcase at CAMH collected the artist's paintings and collages, animations and films, and computer-centric art and presented the works in a way that illustrated his impact on modern-day art-making techniques.

Stan VanDerBeek, Movie-Drome, Stony Point, New York, 1963-1965
Stan VanDerBeek, Movie-Drome, Stony Point, New York, 1963-1965

The show was co-curated by João Ribas of the MIT List Visual Arts Center and CAMH director Bill Arning, who calls VanDerBeek a "true visionary, decades ahead of his time." Basically, think a Max Ernst painting fused with the energy of a Jack Kerouac scroll and that's VanDerBeek in a nutshell.

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In addition to the VanDerBeek kudos, CAMH also received the "Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally" distinction for the Neuberger Museum of Art-organized "The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991." The show is currently on display at CAMH through April 15.

The museum will be honored during the April 2 awards ceremony at New York's Asia Society.


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