Spectacle, Spectator, Specter

On view in the Museum Window February 8 – May 17, 2014

Patrick Manning
(American, b. 1972)

Spectacle, Spectator, Specter

Mallory Square, 2007
Three channel video with audio, 27 min.

Trinity, 2008
Two channel SD video, 13 min.

Fremont Street, 2009
Three channel SD video, 13 minutes

Three separate videos made in Key West, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada and at Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, comprise this series in which Manning explores location, reception and the consequences of spectacle.  About this ongoing project the artist has said:  “…these videos seek to place the viewer both as the spectator and as the ignored.  To create the sense of being seen and ignored in the same moment.”  Yet they also comment on an almost universal obsession to photograph the various ephemeral and often mundane moments which comprise our daily existence.

Curated by Michele M. Penhall
Curator, Prints and Photographs

Main image:

Detail from Mallory Square, 2007
Courtesy of the artist © Patrick Manning