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(At Home) On Art and Animation: Artist Talk with Kota Ezawa
German-Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa looks to the news, popular culture, art history, and cinema to source material for his work, which explores how recording technologies mediate our understanding of current events and images. Beginning with his 2002 video The Simpson Verdict, in which the artist used digital drawing software to animate footage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ezawa has received critical acclaim for his videos, lightboxes, and works on paper that distill found imagery into his characteristic pared-down style. Ezawa joins Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro to discuss his process of translating iconic media moments into opportunities for reconsideration and reflection.

Other notable works by Ezawa include History of Photography Remix (2004–06), a 35mm slide projection in the Hirshhorn collection in which the artist recreates forty photographs that have entered our collective consciousness. His recent series National Anthem, an animated video with related lightboxes and watercolors that premiered at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, draws from broadcast footage of NFL athletes taking a knee to protest police violence and the oppression of people of color. By approaching these camera-recorded images through a fresh lens, Ezawa challenges the viewer to recognize their symbolic power.

Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kota Ezawa
Artist
German-Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa looks to the news, popular culture, art history, and cinema to source material for his work, which explores how recording technologies mediate our understanding of current events and images. Beginning with his 2002 video The Simpson Verdict, in which the artist used digital drawing software to animate footage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ezawa has received critical acclaim for his videos, lightboxes, and works on paper that distill found imagery into his characteristic pared-down style.
Marina Isgro
Associate Curator @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Marina Isgro joined the Hirshhorn as Associate Curator in March 2020 and is responsible for the Museum’s collection of media and performance art. Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, she served as Nam June Paik Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, where she curated Nam June Paik: Screen Play (2018) and contributed to Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art (2019–20). She also curated rotating installations for the museums’ 1960s and ’70s collections galleries, including works by the Fluxus group, Nancy Graves, Lee Lozano, Howardena Pindell, and Cy Twombly; assisted with acquisition of work by Paik, Willie Doherty, Emily Jacir, Do Ho Suh, and others; and led seminars and organized programming around video and time-based media.