Bill Viola: Capturing Spectacle and Passion

September 26, 2014-January 20, 2015

June M. McCormack Forefront Galleries

Bill Viola (American, b. 1951), The Crossing (detail), 1996
Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund, General Acquisitions Fund, and gifts from an anonymous donor, Howard E. Rachofsky, Gayle Stoffel, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon, Catherine and Will Rose, and Emily and Steve Summers, in honor of Deedie Rose
© Bill Viola, Long Beach, California. Photo by Kira Perov.

Bill Viola: Capturing Spectacle and Passion will feature two works by this video artist. Projected on the front and back of a large, double-sided screen in the IMA’s McCormack Forefront Galleries, The Crossing (1996) presents a human figure as it is besieged by water on one side and fire on the other. These scenes with accompanying audio reveal the gradual, yet total destruction caused by natural and opposing forces of nature. Also on view with The Crossing will be Viola's 2000 video, The Quintet of the Silent.

Working with video since the early 1970s, Bill Viola is a pioneer of the medium and internationally known for works that explore experiences of physical and spiritual transformation-birth, death, waking, dreaming, emergence, and transcendence.

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