Archive for May, 2009

Obama’s NEA Chairman Appointment to be Announced

May 12, 2009

The New York Times reported late Tuesday that Rocco Landesman is expected to be announced as President Obama’s appointee for Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Mr. Landesman is a Broadway producer and the president of Jujamcyn Theatres.  He is described as being known for his “energy, intellect, and irreverent…candor” and is anticipated as a strong voice advocating for increased funding for the arts.  

If his appointment is confirmed by Congress, Mr. Landesman will be replacing Dana Goia who stepped down in January.

Nam June Paik Archive at the Smithsonian

May 3, 2009

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that it has acquired the archives of the preeminent electronic and video media artist, Nam June Paik.

Mr. Paik was born in Korea, lived in Japan and Germany, and relocated to the U.S. in 1964. He produced numerous conceptual artworks that incorporated electronic devices and phenomena, utilizing both sound and video.  Along with Shuya Abe, he created the first video synthesizing machine, which transformed the process of creating moving-image works. In many ways his early artwork prefigured the advent of the internet and global culture through the positioning of electronic media, including television, and recognized it as a conduit for intercultural communication. He is credited with first using the term “electronic superhighway.”

SAAM was awarded the entire Paik archives by the artist’s estate after it and other institutions submitted proposals. The archive contains a variety of materials that document Paik’s art and innovative perspective, both in terms of art and technology. It will serve as an important and significant resource for artists, curators, and scholars.