Magnetic Resonances: Japanese and American Artists in the 1975 ICA Video Art Exhibition

As part of the “Community of Images” exhibition, join us on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, for a special screening event featuring works from the pioneering exhibition “Video Art,” originally presented in 1975 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

Suzanne Delehanty, the curator of this international and now historical video art survey exhibition, will be at the screening in person to discuss how Japanese artists were researched and included in the exhibition. The evening’s program is organized by Ann Adachi-Tasch, Nina Horisaki-Christens, and Julian Ross.

Sunday, June 16, 2024
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia / Google Maps >>

Admission to this program is FREE and open to the public.

This program is presented as part of the exhibition “Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, 1960s–1970s” which is scheduled to take place June 14–August 9, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Visit the Exhibition Website >>

Program Description

The “Video Art” exhibition was an international survey of the then-nascent video art medium presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 1975. Through its four-city tour, this exhibition was the first time for US audiences to see an international survey of video art, including the work of groundbreaking Japanese practitioners. However, it also became the basis for the US presentation at the 1975 Bienal de São Paulo, and many of the American artists in the show became the key art historical references for the medium in the following decades. This screening at Lightbox Film Center takes a new perspective on this key early video art exhibition through a selection of works by Japanese pioneers of the medium and American artists who later engaged in dialogue with Japanese artists and cultural forms.

Featured Guests

Suzanne Delehanty

Suzanne Delehanty

Suzanne Delehanty is the curator of the 1975 Video Art exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she served as Director from 1971 through 1978. Currently, her consultant firm provides strategic planning and art advisory services for initiatives that bring art, artists, and communities together. Founded in 2006, the firm serves an international roster of clients, including museums, foundations, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, as well as artists’ estates, individuals, and corporations.


“Community of Images” is co-presented by Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Major support has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Toshiba International Foundation, Pola Art Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Japan Foundation.


Cover Image: Detail of photo documentation, Ko Nakajima, Ryūdōtai Projector, 1969 © Ko Nakajima.

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