Landmarks Video Announces Eleventh Season

Screenshot of Athi-Putra Ruga's "Over the Rainbow (Queens in Exile Series)"


Athi-Patra Ruga, Over the Rainbow (Queens in Exile Series), 2016-2017. Courtesy of Athi-Patra Ruga and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

New Season of Landmarks Video Announced

This fall marks the eleventh season of Landmarks Video, a curated program of highly regarded and influential video art from the past six decades. Launching September 1, videos by Howardena Pindell, Michael Robinson, Michael Snow, and Luis Voldovin—originally scheduled for last season but postponed due to COVID-19—will be screened, along with new selections by Kota Ezawa, Athi-Patra Ruga, Thao Nguyen Phan, and others. 

Running September 2020 - August 2021, the new season showcases both international and national artists. Highlights include John Edmonds' Shotgun (2014), an exploration of the vulnerability between two male Black subjects; Guideo van der Werve's Nummer Twee: Just because I'm standing here doesn't mean I want to (2003), an intersection of film, video, and performance art; and Athi-Patra Ruga's Over the Rainbow (Queens in Exile Series) (2016-2017), an experimental work that captures the artist's imaginary world rooted in African mythology, contemporary queer culture, and South African politics.

Landmarks Video 2020-2021 Season:

Sept. 2020: Vendula Knopová, Tutorial, 2015

Oct. 2020: John Edmonds, Shotgun, 2014

Nov. 2020: Hiraki Sawa, Dwelling, 2002

Dec. 2020: Kota Ezawa, Simpson Verdict, 2002

Jan. 2021: Adrián Balseca, Suspensión I, 2019

*Feb. 2021: Howardena Pindell, Free, White, and 21, 1980

March 2021: Guido van der Werve, Nummer Twee: Just because I'm standing here doesn't mean I want to, 2003

April 2021: Athi-Patra Ruga, Over the Rainbow (Queens in Exile Series), 2016-2017

May 2021: Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium, 2019

*June 2021: Michael Robinson, The Dark, Krystle, 2013

*July 2021: Michael Snow, WVLNT, 1966-67/2003

*Aug. 2021: Luis Valdovino, Work in Progress, 1990

* Indicates works from last season that were postponed due to COVID-19 and will be on view this season

Pending the reopening of the university, videos will be on view daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Media Station in the ART Building atrium, located on the Corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Please visit the Landmarks website before planning your visit. Videos are accessible to all and free to view.



Alongside this season of Landmarks Video, Landmarks presents Ways of Being, an online exhibition of select works from the Landmarks Video program. Organized by Landmarks director Andrée Bober and Landmarks Video curator Kanitra Fletcher, the presentation features a curated selection inspired by several major themes: abuse of power, Black experiences, cultural displacement, feminism, institutional critique, masculinities, mediated identities, and queer histories.

Included are artists Sadie Benning, Dara Birnbaum, Barbara Hammer, Mona Hatoum, Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia, Marilyn Minter, Jayson Scott Musson, Tameka Jenean Norris, Miguel Angel Ríos, Martha Rosler, Teresa Serrano, Lorna Simpson and David Wojnarowicz.

Ways of Being is available for viewing at Each video selection is accompanied by an essay by Kanitra Fletcher.