New Television Workshop Collection
New Television Workshop Collection Program Materials Artist's Showcase



Artist's Showcase, 1974-1982 (1976-1980)

Extent:
33 videoreels : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel : sd., col. ; 1 in.
40 (Betacam SP) videocassettes : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
15 (D3) videocassettes : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
38 (VHS) videocassettes : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
39 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
20 folders

Organization and Arrangement:
Organized by Program :
37/73
9 Variations on a Dance Theme
Art Talker
Artist's Showcase Documentation
Artists Babies Bodies
Artists on Artists, Compilation Tapes
Barbara Two
Batteries Not Included
Bob's Master
California Casual
California One
Celebrate: A Time to Dance
Ceramic Images
Chant A Capella
City Archives
City of the Angels
Color Piece for Television, A
Contexts
Dead Images
Dinner Party: A Semi-Buffet
East Ended Tape
Edit 1
Four Sided Tape
Four Songs
Gallery Piece, The
Gray Hairs
In the Rehearsal Room
Inertia
Interpolation
Lea Grammont
Lines of Force
Louis Zukofsky
Magritte sur la Plage
Man Ray, Man Ray
Modern Times
Nam June Paik on the Beatles
Northlight
One Many
Past Fantasies
Peter Campus Compilations
Peter Campus on Paul Strand
Primordial Soup
Quarks
Quidditas
Romance of the Angel of Lions
Selected Works, William Wegman, 1973-1974
Set of Coincidence
Slott Opera
Survival Ecology - Hamburger Harmonics
Teleportraits
Third Tape
Three Transitions
Vestibule (In 3 Episodes)
Video Portrait: Robert Rauschenberg
Winter Notebook

Background:
"Artist's Showcase" was a series designed to showcase video art and experimental work from WGBH. The program ran on Sunday evenings at 11 P.M., from the fall of 1976 through 1982. In the early 1970's, "Artist's Showcase" was the only consistent broadcast outlet for many of the Workshop productions. Most materials of broadcast quality created at WGBH in the mid-1970's were shown as part of this series. Additionally, earlier video art experiments and segments of related shows, such as "Mixed Bag" or "What's Happening Mr. Silver" were broadcast under these auspices. This series was also a broadcast outlet for a handful of works by video artists that were not created at WGBH but only acquired for this purpose. Some compilation reels showing highlights of Workshop activity were also broadcast.

Around 1979 it was noted that "Artist's Showcase" had actually been garnering steady ratings. Russell Connor was invited to provide formal introductions for the works broadcast that season. "Artists on Artists," a project of the late 1970's, commissioned several artists to create works commenting on other artists. The majority of these pieces were also broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase" and may have been broadcast as fills as well.

Scope:
Contains mostly moving image materials relating to works broadcast on "Artist's Showcase." The majority of these are finished programs. Original 1" and 2" masters have been reformatted to create preservation masters and screening copies. In some cases the works existed only on 3/4" tapes; these have also been remastered. Programs have been assigned to this programming series based on research in legal files, program and subject files, information derived from the tapes themselves, and conversations with Workshop personnel. Also included are compilation tapes showing highlights of Workshop activity, materials from the "Artists on Artists" project, and Russell Connor's 1979 introductions. A handful of documentation relating to the series as a whole is included.









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