Bill Viola

June 25–September 12, 1999

SFMOMA will present a full-scale overview of the work of California-based media artist Bill Viola, widely recognized as the leading figure in his field. The mid-career survey includes fifteen room-sized video installation works, ranging from 1972 to 1996, twenty-two of the artist’s single-channel videotape works, to be shown in a rotating schedule of screenings, and a selection of pages from Viola’s notebooks — drawings and notes that document and contextualize the artist’s creative process. Bill Viola was co-organized by SFMOMA Director David A. Ross while he was director at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Peter Sellars, a world-renowned theater director.

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This exhibition is sponsored by VEBA. Significant support is provided by Peter and Eileen Norton and the Peter Norton Family Foundation, with additional funding from the Charles Engelhard Foundation, Pamela and Richard Kramlich, Marion Stroud Swingle, Lynn Forester, Barbara Wise, the Dasein Foundation and the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The SFMOMA presentation is sponsored by AT&T and Intel Corporation.

Bill Viola, The Crossing, 1996