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Unknown photographer. Videofreex and Friends, n.d. Courtesy Videofreex

Screening and Discussion: Videofreex and Feminism: “Bumps on a Level Playing Field”

Thursday, June 18, 2015

7–7 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Portable video—an emerging tool for art and communications in the early 1970s—offered opportunities to a new generation of women to advance their production skills and creative output. In contrast to the male-dominated arena of film, video’s playing field was mostly level with regard to gender, partly because of the medium’s novelty. Among early video groups, the Videofreex earned a reputation for being the most technologically savvy and egalitarian. Speakers for this event include Videofreex members Nancy Cain and Mary Curtis Ratcliff, historian Deirdre Boyle, and Susan Milano, former director of the Women’s Video Festival.



Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television, on view through July 12 at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. Co-sponsored by the Dorsky and Video Data Bank. Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Moderated by Andrew Ingall, curator of Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television.



Free with Museum admission.