New acquisitions from the Video Data Bank

Roots & Culture

On Saturday, March 13, the Roots & Culture screening series will feature a program of work recently added to the archive of the Video Data Bank. Focusing on acquisitions from the past year, the program highlights eight pieces spanning a variety of genres and styles. This VDB program has recently screened at several major film festivals, and this Roots & Culture event is an opportunity for the VDB to showcase their new acquisitions in Chicago. 

Jesse McLean, The Eternal Quarter Inch, 9:00, 2008
Sterling Ruby, Triviality, 9:19, 2009
Dani Levanthal, 54 Days this Winter 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes, 16:00, 2009
Jim Finn, Great Man and  Cinema, 3:55, 2009
Pat Steir 1993: An Interview, 7:00, 1993
Susan Youssef, West Finger Road, 4:00, 2009
Wynne Greenwood & K8 Hardy, New Report, 12:00, 2005
Nicholas Provost, Long Live the New Flesh, 14:00, 2010

Chicago’s Video Data Bank is home to the world’s most extensive collection of videos by and about artists. Established at the School of the Art Institute in 1976 by graduate students Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, VDB has become world renowned as one of the major collections of video art. The archive contains more than 2,000 titles that, seen as a whole, describe the development of video as an art form, originating in the late 1960s and continuing through the present. Through an international distribution service, the VDB makes video art, documentaries made by artists, and artist interviews available to a wide range of audiences. The organization serves screening venues worldwide, including micro-cinemas, festivals, educational institutions, libraries, galleries and major museums.