Nam June Paik‘s “Electronic Superhighway” - American Art Moments
“Father of Video Art” Nam June Paik was born on this day in 1932. Take a journey into Paik’s life and work, including his monumental “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii” (1995) in this American Art Moment with SAAM curator Saisha Grayson.
Learn more about this iconic artwork that was a gift from the artist to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Saisha Grayson, SAAM’s curator of time-based media, shares insights about Paik’s life and the personal associations that, along with popular culture references, inform the media clips the artist included within this monumental map of the United States. Grayson also discusses the installation’s complexity and continued relevance today.
This video is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s ongoing series “American Art Moments.” Join a SAAM expert and go beyond the artwork label to discover the untold stories and rich connections represented in some of the museum's most iconic artworks.
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