Signals: How Video Transformed the World

05.03.2023 > 08.07.2023

curated by Stuart Comer and Michelle Kuo
MoMA, New York

Offering a timely examination of video, art, and the public sphere, The Museum of Modern Art will present Signals: How Video Transformed the World, a major exhibition that will be on view in the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions. Through a diverse range of more than 70 works, drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection, Signals examines the ways in which artists have both championed and questioned video as an agent of social change - from televised revolution to electronic democracy. The presentation positions video not as a traditional medium but as a transformational media network, one that has fundamentally altered the world.

Emily Jacir’s two-channel video work Ramallah/New York (2004–2005), which is part of MoMA’s collection, juxtaposes images of everyday interior spaces (e.g., travel agencies, hair salons, delis) in the cities of Ramallah and New York, in order to examine the transcendence of place beyond official borders.

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