No, Alf Doesn't Count As Video Art

Dallas’ best quality is its secretiveness. If you know precisely where to be on any given night, you’ll discover hidden treasures. Thursday is the perfect example. The Power Station, a not-for-profit art space in Expo Park, has decided to give us all an amazing gift: A four-week educational survey in the history of video art on Thursday nights through September 20. It’s bringing in local academics who specialize in specific decades of the genre to explain key players and themes, and then actually show these hard-to-find pieces. Last week we got a transcendence-conjuring eyeful of experimental shorts from the ’70s, curated by Michael Morris. Tonight’s program tackles the greediest decade of them all: the ’80s, with a focus on how advertising and television affected the public and altered the medium. It’s being led by Benjamin Lima, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at University of Texas at Arlington. You’ll find the room packed on the third floor of the 1920s Power and Light Building, located at 3816 Commerce St. It’s free, there’s free beer and wine and it begins at 7:30 p.m
Thu., Sept. 6, 2012