Over the last two decades, Jones has appropriated films, videos, and photographs in an ongoing examination and subtle subversion of the relationships among images, social control, and political power. His works include Tearoom (1962/2007), a police surveillance film presented at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998), a documentary compiling scenes from videos produced in an Eastern Europe recently transformed by capitalism. Formerly involved in raiding the libraries of the adult video industry, Jones now chiefly focuses on the archives of the U.S. government. Jones will present and discuss a selection of his works.
William E. Jones
Related Exhibition Exposed
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
William E. Jones, artist
Introduced by Rudolf Frieling, curator of media arts, SFMOMA
William E. Jones, The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (still), 1998; video, color, sound, 20 minutes; courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA