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Exhibitions: Nam June Paik: Global Visionary / American Art
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Nam June Paik: Global Visionary

Public Programs


Vistors enjoying Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist © Nam June Paik Estate

Save the date! Celebrate the life, art, and enduring influence of Nam June Paik with a series of exciting programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. If you would like to receive special announcements about upcoming events and behind-the-scenes exhibition updates, please sign-up for our e-mail alerts.

All programs and events take place at the American Art Museum, located at 8th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.


Nam June Paik: Art & Process—Symposium and Performances

Nam June Paik Film Series—Screening and Discussion

Gallery Talks

Family Day

Nam June Paik's Birthday

January 11, 2013, 7 p.m., Curator Talk, Nam June Paik: "Father of Video Art"

John G. Hanhardt, senior curator of film and media arts and the leading expert on Paik and his global influence, discusses Paik’s career and influence on twentieth-century art.



Nam June Paik: Art & Process

Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 1 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a day-long celebration of artist Nam June Paik! Tickets for both the symposium and Strange Music for Nam June Paik will be available on a first come, first serve basis at 12:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby. Doors to McEvoy Auditorium will open at 12:30 p.m. for the symposium and 6:30 p.m. for the performance.


1-4 p.m. – Symposium
Join a series of talks by five of the most prominent Nam June Paik scholars and artists who worked with him, for an in-depth look at Paik’s creative genius and artistic legacy.

  • "Nam June Paik: Performing the Moving Image 1959-1970," John Hanhardt, senior curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

  • "From A-Music to TV Buddha," Edith Decker-Phillips, scholar and author of Paik Video

  • "Analog Circuit Palettes, Cathode Ray Canvases: Nam June Paik's Intermedial Painting," Gregory Zinman, moving image scholar and post-doctoral fellow

  • "The Mutability of Media: Film and the Art of Nam June Paik," Jud Yalkut, visual and film artist

  • "Paik’s Music," Stephen Vitiello, electronic musician and media artist

4:30 p.m. – Gallery Talk with Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media arts

5:30-6:30 p.m. – Break

7 p.m. – Strange Music for Nam June Paik
A performance of Nam June Paik’s film and music, selected by the musicians and composers who knew him well: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning musician and composer, Stephen Vitiello, electronic musician and media artist, and Steina Vasulka, video artist. Doors to Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.




PaikBot Family Day
Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.— learn about Paik and enjoy robot-inspired craft projects, music, and other activities sure to spark creativity!



Nam June Paik Birthday Celebration
Saturday, July 20, 2013— In celebration of Nam June Paik’s birthday, digital video artist Takeshi Murata shares how Paik’s work inspired his own career and what influences he draws from the “father of video art.” Murata’s experimental and unique practice includes intricate computer aided, hand-drawn animations and manipulations of the flaws, defects, and broken code in digital video technology. Michael Mansfield, associate curator for film and media arts, will introduce the artist. Following the gallery talk, guests are invited for Paik cake.



Gallery Talks and Lectures


Nam June Paik Film Series—Screening and Discussion
Join leading Paik expert John Hanhardt as he introduces a series of curated film and video works by Nam Jun Paik and his contemporaries.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nam June Paik, Digital Experiment at Bell Labs, about 1966, video; 4 minutes
  • Tom DeWitt, The Leap, 1968, 16mm film; 6 minutes
  • Scott Bartlett, Offon, 1968, 16mm film; 9 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Beatles Electroniques, 1966-69, 16mm film on video, black-and-white and color; 3 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Electronic Moon No. 2, 1969, 16mm film on video; 5 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Electronic Fables, 1971, 16mm film on video; 9 minutes
  • Peter Campus, Three Transitions, 1973, single-channel video, color, sound; 4:53 minutes
  • Woody Vasulka, Vocabulary, 1973, video; 5 minutes
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, P+A-I(k), 1966, 16mm film on video, black-and-white and color; 10 minutes
  • Nam June Paik in collaboration with David Atwood, Fredy Barzyk, and Olivia Tappan, 9/23/69 Experiment with David Atwood, 1969, single-channel video, color, sound; 80 minutes
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Ken Jacobs, Window, 1964, 16mm film, silent; 12 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Missa of Zen, 1967, 16mm film on video; 3 minutes
  • Robert Breer, 69, 1968, 16mm film; 5 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Cinema Metaphysique Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, 1966-72, 16mm film on video, black-and-white; 13 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Cinema Metaphysique No. 5, 1967, 16mm film transferred to video, silent; 2 minutes
  • Michael Snow, Side Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film, 1970, 16mm film; 20 minutes
  • Joan Jonas, Vertical Roll, 1972, video, black-and-white, sound; 19:38 minutes
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Stan VanDerBeek ,Science Fiction, 1959; 9 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Videotape Study no. 3, 1967, 4 minutes
  • Nam June Paik, Video Commune (Beatles Beginning to End), 1972, 16mm film; 8 minutes
  • TVTV Collective, Four More Years, 1972, 61 minutes
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Peter Kubelka, Arnulf Rainer, 1960; 7 minutes
  • Nam June Paik, Button Happening, about 1965; 2 minutes
  • Joyce Wieland, Catfood, 1968; 13 minutes
  • Ernie Gehr, History, 1970; 13 minutes
  • Nam June Paik, Zen for Film, 1964; 28 minutes
Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nam June Paik, Variations on Johnny Carson vs. Charlotte Moorman, 1966; 15 minutes
  • George Landow, Diploteratology, 1967; 7 minutes
  • Hollis Frampton, Artificial Light, 1969; 25 minutes
  • Various Artists, Fluxfilm Program, 1966-70; 40 minutes
  • Nam June Paik with Jud Yalkut, Waiting for Commercials, 1972; 8 minutes

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