Bill Viola

Instrumental in establishing video as a vital medium of contemporary art


Bill Viola uses video to explore the human phenomena of sense perception as a path that leads to self-knowledge. His work focuses on universal human experiences — birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness — and has roots in both Eastern and Western art.

Viola has exhibited at the world’s most prestigious museums and institutions, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, which in 1997 organized an exhibition entitled Bill Viola: A 25-Year Survey.

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This residency is presented by The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT.


Artist Presentation
March 9, 2009 / 6:30 pm
MIT Lecture Hall, MIT Building 10-250

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