The Real Thing: Artist and Double

Related Exhibition The Studio Sessions

Tuesday, July 07, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

In The Studio Sessions, a video installation by Kevin Atherton brings into dialogue two recordings of the artist projected simultaneously: one of him in 2006 answering questions posed by his younger self in a 1978 recording. Zimbardo takes this self-reflective artwork as the starting point for a discussion of the artist's double as a form of portraiture in contemporary video art and photography.


Tanya Zimbardo, assistant curator of media arts, SFMOMA

Image: Kevin Atherton, In Two Minds – Past Version (stills, composite), 1978-2006; two-channel video installation with sound, 25 min.; Courtesy the artist; © 2009 Kevin Atherton