A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

MFA Student Curates Art Institute Collection Online

A recent story in the Chicago Tribune talks about Kevin B. Lee, a current MFA student at SAIC, who has compiled a video playlist of every piece in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Film and Video Collection, as found on YouTube. This includes full versions of some work to fan-made remakes and visitor-shot footage of on-site installations—even though the last is in violation of the museum’s code of conduct. If a video has anything to do with a piece in the collection, it is included in the playlist and filed in order of popularity (by number of views). Lee specifically found a surprising number of videos relating to Bruce Nauman’s Clown Torture, and has set up a full-scale re-creation of it in SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries—after the question of copyright infringement was settled—using footage of the original installation he discovered on YouTube.