out of pure nostalgia, i decided to rake the internet in search of information about this exhibition, which i viewed with my best friend, kimmy, and another college buddy, pete, back in the fall of 1987 at the university of iowa museum of art. googling words like, 'smile, grimace, artist, video,1987..' brought me unexpected results...one of which provided the man below, artist harold offeh. featured in his 2001 video, entitled 'smile,' he tried to muster a grin for 34 minutes, while accompanied by the nat king cole song of the same title. 'how coincidental,' i thought, wondering if offeh had ever viewed the video i witnessed back in 1987.
growing more impatient with my internet search that was going nowhere, i enlisted kimmy's help. with an art history degree under her belt and archival tendencies rivaling the most anal of curators, i figured she might even have the original brochure tucked deep in one of her many files. no such luck, (as even pack rats purge ONCE in awhile) but, out of the kindness of her heart, she contacted the museum directly (why didn't i think of that?) she emailed christine flavin, assistant to the curator, who then contacted me. (yea kimmy! thank YOU! you are my own personal GODDESS!!!)
christine provided me with a mountain of information...the exhibition, entitled 'video as language,' was originally organized and shown at LACE here in L.A. then travelled to other venues. the footage we viewed, entitled 'ohne titel' ('untitled' in german) was shot by artist rene pulfer and the bow-tied man's name is herbert fritsch, also an artist.
all this could've been avoided if i had JUST not scrapped the caption to that damn picture. but, sometimes a good digging uncovers even more information you never knew you needed to know.