Camarillo, Calif., Feb. 28, 2014 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of its first international video art exhibition, Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video, on view Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, April 13, at the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery.  The exhibition, a first-time collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), features some of today’s most important international video artists, including Francis Alÿs, Christian Marclay, Linda Benglis, Oscar Muñoz, and many more.  Some artworks are on loan from the museum’s permanent collection. 

A free public reception will take place on Thursday, March 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The reception coincides with the opening of Dreams, Fables & Histories, Captured and Framed, a CI student new media show taking place the same evening, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Palm Gallery in Camarillo.  The connection of these two exhibitions aims to reinforce and support the commitment of CI to create an environment where students are partners in their education.

Curated by CI Art History Professor Irina D. Costache, Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video discloses the innovative visual vocabulary of this medium beyond its familiar use and presence on multiple electronic devices and social media platforms.  The works selected are all single-channel videos, presented on flat screens.  The themes, artistic visions and techniques vary significantly, but they all share a common denominator: They have been intentionally chosen to be short – most under 15 minutes – so that the viewers can take the time to watch the entire work, rather than only an inconclusive fragment.  To enhance the spectators’ experience, the gallery space includes seating areas for comfortable viewing.

From reflections about family life to children’s play, from urban spaces to the natural environment, and from creative appropriations to personal moments, these extraordinary videos express the artists’ diverse views, feelings and thoughts.  Viewers will be mesmerized by this quiet yet powerful, eclectic and painterly visual feast, where past and present, private and public come together to create a heterogeneous tapestry at times whimsically poetic and other times intensely literal.

In addition to video art, the exhibition includes a selected program from MOCAtv, an innovative art series developed in 2012 by Emma Reeves and John Toba in conjunction with MOCA.  This program is presented in the show courtesy of the museum and its creators.

An interdisciplinary panel related to this exhibition, entitled Video: Art, Business, Communication and Education, will take place on Thursday, April 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.  The discussion will include MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz, the creators of MOCAtv, and CI students and faculty.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

The John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.  For additional information, contact the Art Program at 805-437-2772; Irina D. Costache at irina.costache@csuci.edu; or the John Spoor Broome Library at 805-437-8561.  

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