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Frances Barth, NA + Rebecca Cleman in Conversation

  • VOLTA New York | Pier 90 West 50th St and 12th Ave New York, NY 10036 (map)

The Academy will host free, salon-style discussions that pair National Academicians with fellow members, collaborators, and new media professionals, and give fair attendees the opportunity to hear from the artists themselves about their influences and processes.


This conversation between National Academician Frances Barth and Rebecca Cleman will use the vibrant context of the 1960s as a departure point to consider the cross-pollination of the visual arts with performance, expanded cinema, and media art. Barth, a painter who participated in performances with Yvonne Rainer and Joan Jonas, will talk about her experience of the exciting exchange of ideas at this time, bringing together the influence of such figures as Maya Deren, Agnes Varda, Marguerite Duras, Jonas Mekas, peter campus, and the Judson Dance Theater collective. Cleman will frame their dialog with the unique perspective she has gained working with videos and films dating from the 1960s to now, and will talk about the legacy of that catalytic period, which also launched Electronic Arts Intermix, where she currently serves as the Director of Distribution.

Frances Barth, NA
Born in the Bronx, having received her advanced degrees from Hunter College, CUNY, Frances Barth (NA 2011) has been working and showing her painting in New York and internationally since the 1960s. Her painting is represented in numerous public, corporate, and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Albright Knox Museum. While an art student, Barth also studied modern dance and began performing with Yvonne Rainer at Lincoln Center and the Billy Rose Theater in 1968-9, and with Joan Jonas in dance and video in 1970. During the last 15 years, she has created two animations, two documentaries, and a short b&w film set in 1947 after the Japanese internment. Her films have shown in the US, Canada, Europe, and South America and won awards. Barth’s new documentary, The Audition, will premiere in Paris in April 2019. In 2017, she published her first graphic novel, Ginger Smith and Billy Gee, with settings derived from her paintings. Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, an Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is Director Emeritus of the Mt. Royal School of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. For more information please see:

Rebecca Cleman
Rebecca Cleman is the Director of Distribution of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), a leading nonprofit resource that has fostered the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art since 1971. In 2018, with Alex Klein, she co-curated Broadcasting: EAI at ICA, an exhibition exploring the networked context of video art and its connection to television. She has programmed and curated numerous projects exploring media art history, including Amnesia for Andrea Rosen Gallery, in collaboration with Josh Kline (2010); VHS: The Exhibition for Franklin Street Works in Stamford, Connecticut (2012); and Attack of the Packs! for Metrograph theater (2017). She has introduced screenings at Anthology Film Archives, Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn, Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia, and the Museum of Art and Design, among many other venues. She has published essays on video art and cinema in INDEX journal, BOMB magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, the Moving Image Source, and Metrograph’s Edition, among others, and is a regular contributor to Screen Slate. She has organized a number of public programs for EAI, most recently events with Kalup Linzy, Trevor Shimizu, and Mendi + Keith Obadike, and a series focused on Merce Cunningham’s dances for camera. In the Spring of 2019, she will program a series of infrastructure disaster films for Anthology Film Archives.

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