Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to present panel discussion on Window | Interface Aug. 31

Artist Peter Campus to join curators Sabine Eckmann and Lutz Koepnick

Groundbreaking video artist Peter Campus will join curators Sabine Eckmann, Ph.D., director and chief curator for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; and Lutz Koepnick, Ph.D., the museum’s curator for new media as well as professor of German and Film & Media Studies in Arts & Sciences, for a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

The discussion is held in conjunction with the exhibition Window | Interface, which opens immediately after the talk. Co-curated by Eckmann and Koepnick and featuring works by Campus, the exhibition explores the ways in which electronic windows and interfaces — for example, video screens, computer monitors and cell phone displays — have come to structure the practice and experience of art today.

Peter Campus, *Prototype for Interface*
Peter Campus’ video installation *Prototype for Interface* (1972). Courtesy of the New Art Trust.

Campus is a pioneer in both video art and computer-enhanced digital photography. In the early 1970s, his experimentation with studio shooting and video technology — in works such as Prototype for Interface (1972), included in the exhibition — opened up a vast new set of tools for artistic practice while advancing the conceptual potential of video art.

Campus’ closed-circuit installations, videotapes and photography have been exhibited internationally, with one-person shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Major group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, Germany. He is currently a clinical associate professor of art and art education as well as artist-in-residence at New York University.

The discussion will take place in Steinberg Auditorium, located in Steinberg Hall, near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. A public reception for Window | Interface will follow, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Kemper Art Museum, which is located immediately adjacent to Steinberg.

Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public. Window | Interface will remain on view through Nov. 5. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is closed Tuesdays.

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WHO: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

WHAT: Panel discussion with Peter Campus, Sabine Eckmann and Lutz Koepnick, in conjunction with the exhibition Window | Interface.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Exhibition opening to follow from 7 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Steinberg Auditorium, located near the intersection of Forsyth and Skinker boulevards, immediately adjacent to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

COST: Free and open to the public.

INFORMATION: (314) 935-4523 or