• Entry sign to the gallery. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

    Entry sign to the gallery. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

  • A-Ha “Take On Me” gallery installation. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

    A-Ha “Take On Me” gallery installation. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

  • Nine original drawings from the “Take On Me” video. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

    Nine original drawings from the “Take On Me” video. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

  • Comic book prop from the music video shoot. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

    Comic book prop from the music video shoot. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

  • Wide view of the exhibit. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

    Wide view of the exhibit. Photo Credit: Tony Walsh for the Contemporary Arts Center

  • Mike-Patterson---photo-by-Gui-Marcondes

    Mike-Patterson. Photo Credit: Gui Marcondes

DADA faculty Mike Patterson and Candace Reckinger’s work on A-Ha’s music video for Take On Me is featured in the first museum exhibit of it’s kind: Spectacle – The Music Video. All drawings in the video were created by Mike Patterson.

Locations

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati / March 3, 2012 – September 3, 2012

Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo / December 11, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Museum of the Moving Image, New York / March 31, 2013 – June 23, 2013

Australian Center for the Moving Image, Melbourne / September 26, 2013 – March 2, 2014

The Exhibit

This groundbreaking exhibition, curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey Wells of Flux, explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture. Although it has had an enormous influence on pop culture, music, cinema, fashion and advertising—music video as an art form has yet to receive consideration in a museum context. Spectacle changes all that. This is the first time a contemporary art museum has examined the music video format through a diverse exhibition—employing immersive environments, photography, video screenings, objects and interactive installations.

Spectacle features important examples from music video history, from the early pioneers and MTV masters who expertly used the medium to define their public identities, like Devo, Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna, to artists like OK Go and Lady Gaga who follow in their footsteps today.

Spectacle also reveals the important contributions music video has made across genres. For example, many new filmmaking techniques prevalent today were first tested in music videos. And some of today’s most innovative cinematic figures—David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek and others—developed their signature style through experimentation with music videos.

The exhibition presents the changing landscape of the art of music video, highlighting the genre’s place at the forefront of creative technology, and its role in pushing the boundaries of creative production. With innovation and exploration as hallmarks—from the A-Ha ‘Take on Me’ video, to Chris Milk, Radiohead and others introducing new forms of interactivity and viewer participation—it is apparent that music video as an art form is constantly being redefined. – Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

The Museum Building

The Museum is designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, the CAC was the first of her designs ever to be built, and first U.S. museum designed by a woman. The Contemporary Arts Center is a pioneering contemporary art museum that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media.

Read more about Spectacle- The Music Video:

New York Times

Cartoon Brew

In the School of Cinematic Arts News

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