New Television Workshop Collection

New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsArtist's Showcase



Gallery Piece, The

Copyright Date:
1980

Copyright Holder:
Betsy Connors

Artist:
Connors, Betsy

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 13 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
The New Television Workshop provided some assistance and support for the creation of this piece, although it is not credited as a production of the Workshop. Postproduction work was completed at Synapse in Syracuse, New York. It appears to have been broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, D3 preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of this work. Some dropout was observed on the VHS screening copy of this work, which was created directly from the original 2" master.

In "The Gallery Piece," Connors' signature miniature sets and stop motion animation are used to re-create the environment of an art gallery. Colorful abstract paintings, many of them geometric in style, line the gallery walls. One room hosts a series of black-and-white photographs of a cat. Clay figures stop to examine the works and to greet one another. At one point, the gallery's occupants gather in a small theater to view a projected work featuring a moving image collage of a musical number, a ballet pas de deux, and a boxing match. The soundtrack to "The Gallery Piece" often takes the form of overheard conversations. At times, the spoken text appears to correspond to the figure depicted.



Editors:
Isaacson, Brian J. (Videotape Editor)
Schaer, Jonathan M. (Assistant Editor)

Funders:
Massachusetts Artists Foundation, A.I.R. Program
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts

Subjects:
Miniature objects
Art museums






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