The First Motion Picture Show

The National Portrait Gallery is just getting radder and radder: First, the museum hung (temporarily, but still) that portrait of “President” Francis Underwood—a.k.a. Kevin Spacey, from House of Cards—and now it’s presenting its very first video-art exhibition: Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait. Even though these stills are but a poor replacement for the actual works, they manage to convey the drama in Viola’s work.

National Portrait Gallery

Dolorosa: Dolorosa, 2000. Video diptych © Bill Viola. Photo: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

National Portrait Gallery

Catherine’s Room composite: Catherine’s Room, 2001. Video polyptych. Photo: Kira Perov © Bill Viola


Featured Image: The Dreamers, 2013. Video/sound installation, Lent by Keith D. Stoltz © Bill Viola. Photo: Peter Mallet, courtesy Blain|Southern, London


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