Among artistic media, video art is still a young tyke. It didn’t grow into a known and identified category until the late 1960s and early ’70s, so it’s still considered wild terrain. Dallas VideoFest is coming up, showcasing new and avant-guard work from the genre, so you’ll want to get some solid footing on those who have paved the way. Beginning Thursday, local not-for-profit art space The Power Station (3816 Commerce St.) hosts a series of free educational classes on video art called “Four Nights, Four Decades.” Each Thursday through September 20, you’ll get a classroom-style lesson by local artists/college educators to teach about specific spans of video art history. This first session is led by Michael Morris (adjunct prof at SMU, UNT and Richland College) and kicks things off with the highly experimental, hard and loose camera play of the 1970s. He’ll show work by George Landow, daddy mac Paul Sharits and more, and lay out the background of Structuralism and other themes in a program titled “Building a Better Machine: Moving Image Works From The 1970s.” It begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit powerstationdallas.com for more information.
Thursdays. Starts: Aug. 30. Continues through Sept. 20, 2012