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Bill Viola. The Veiling (detail), 1995. Video and sound installation, including two channels of color video projections from opposite sides of dark gallery through nine scrims suspended from ceiling, two channels of amplified mono sound, and two speakers. 138 x 264 x 372 inches (ideal room dimensions). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Bequest of Marion Boulton Stroud. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Bill Viola. The Veiling (detail), 1995. Video and sound installation, including two channels of color video projections from opposite sides of dark gallery through nine scrims suspended from ceiling, two channels of amplified mono sound, and two speakers. 138 x 264 x 372 inches (ideal room dimensions). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Bequest of Marion Boulton Stroud. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Bill Viola:

The Veiling

June 26, 2019–October 6, 2019

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
Public Programs: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019—from 6:00 to 7:00 pm 
Barnes Foundation 
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


The Veiling is one of five video and sound installations that Bill Viola produced to occupy the five rooms of the US Pavilion during the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995. Through a collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Viola created a system of nine sheer scrims that catch the light from two video projections. Images of a man and a woman can be seen slowly walking toward each other, passing through the scrims, and merging at the center before moving apart again. This ghostly action, repeating over and over, becomes hypnotic. Like much of Viola’s work, The Veiling has a dreamlike quality and suggests the multiplicity of experience that exists both in our own thoughts and our understanding of our interaction with another human being. 

The installation coincides with the Barnes Foundation survey of works by the pioneering video artist organized by guest curator John G. Hanhardt, I Do Not Know What I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola, on view June 30 through September 15, 2019. Bill Viola: Ocean Without a Shore will also be open to the public at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) starting June 28.


Recent Press

The New York Times, "My Bill Viola Video Marathon," by Paula Deitz, August 16, 2019

Hyperallergic, "Bill Viola's Videos Elevate the Commonplace," by Ilene Dube, August 8, 2019

Artblog, "Three Philadelphia museum curators discuss Bill Viola's moving new media works, in panel at Barnes Foundation," by Natalie Sandstrom, July 31, 2019

Eyes Towards the Dove, "Revisiting Bill Viola, Video Art Pioneer," by Katy Diamond Hamer, July 23, 2019

The Wall Street Journal, "I Do Not Know What it is I am Like: The Art of Bill Viola Review: Spirituality in the Age of Irony," by Emily Bobrow, July 9, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The Barnes Foundation takes a deep dive into video art this summer," by Tom Hine, June 27, 2019

 

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional operational support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.



Bio
American, born 1951, lives in Long Beach, California

Bill Viola earned his BFA from Syracuse University in 1973. He is regarded as a pioneer and leading artist in the field of video art. In addition to his selection as the representative from the United States at the 1995 Venice Biennale, his work has been the subject of many major museum exhibitions including a 25-year retrospective organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1997 (with a tour including the participation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Art Institute of Chicago, among others). In 1989, Viola received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation award; previous awards include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation (1982) and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1985). He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Syracuse University (1995), California College of Arts and Crafts (1998), and Massachusetts College of Art (1999).