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Barbara Kruger Selects

December 3 - 31

Barbara Kruger is a conceptual artist who, beginning in the early 1980s, empowered the female subject through a resistance to the gaze. Her art developed at a time when the critical discourse questioning power structures dominated visual practice. An investigation into the way in which viewer identity is constructed and how meaning is embedded and disseminated through mass media led artists such as Kruger to challenge the dynamics of what it means to look and be looked at. This extended naturally to film and television. Indeed, she wrote as a critic on these topics for Artforum. Kruger’s concerns have taken on increasingly broader meaning, to explore the nature of human relationships. In conjunction with the exhibition In the Tower: Barbara Kruger, the artist has selected four favorite films for this series.

still from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
courtesy Allied Artists Pictures Corporation/Photofest

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world. 

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