Drawn from Video Data Bank’s significant collection, We Don’t Want Your MTV considers the influence of television on a generation of artists who came of age during the legendary music program’s reign, starting in 1981. An exhibition and screening program will feature artists’ videos that can be seen as both response to, and provocation of, mainstream television and commercial music videos, and all that they represent. The works use various forms of address to touch on political, social, cultural, and domestic issues attendant to the cultural life of the times. Artists include Max Almy, Glenn Belverio, Sadie Benning, Ximena Cuevas, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July, Sterling Ruby, Martine Syms, and more.
Ximena Cuevas, La Tombola, still from video.
Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, vdb.org