A new installation in Trexler Hall showcases time-based media recently donated to AAM by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. The nine works in this gift are the first examples of video art to enter the Museum’s permanent collection, and range from performance-based videos to animation that explores the process of painting as narrative.

The first video on view will be Rachel Perry’s performative Karaoke Wrong Number (2005-09) (running August 26 through December 12, 2021), followed by three short stop-motion animations by Yui Kugimiya (December 16, 2021 through April 3, 2022), and then Kate Gilmore’s With Open Arms (April 7 through July 17, 2022).

Currently on view: For several years artist Rachel Perry saved and transcribed misdirected messages from her answering machine, consistent with her artistic practice of accumulating and preserving the mundane and ephemeral detritus of daily life. In Karaoke Wrong Number (2005-09), the second in a series of videos utilizing this found material, Perry assumes the personality of each caller, taking on the body language and facial expressions she imagines from the snippets of spoken language she’s mistakenly received. While the effects are absurd and hilarious, there may also be empathy in her embodiment of these misguided voices and memorializing of missed connections.

Featured image: Gallery Installation view of Rachel Perry (American, born Japan, 1962), Karaoke Wrong Number (2005-09), 2009, video. Allentown Art Museum: Gift of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, 2019 (2019.029.009)