British artist Elizabeth Price (born 1966) talks about her videos, which manifest the drama of historical artifacts, archival images, and documents through an institutional and feminist critique. Price’s sensitivity to video’s sensuousness as a medium is apparent through the two multichannel videos, K and A RESTORATION, that were both recently acquired by the museum. To create the hypnotic, commercial-like narrative of K, she combined CGI animated, the production of nylon stockings (weaving, folding, and packing), stop-frame animations of the sun, factory noises, and a synthetic voice-over. For A RESTORATION, Price used the collections and archives of the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums in Oxford to map an unsettling digital landscape of contemporary culture. Both video works are on view in the Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for Film, Video, and New Media October 11, 2017–January 7, 2018.
Elizabeth Price lives and works in London. She has exhibited internationally at the Turku Art Museum; Kunsthalle Winterthur; Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Contemporary Art Society, London; Tate Britain, London; and New Museum, New York. In 2012 Price was awarded the Turner Prize. This October, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, will open a transhistorical exhibition called Restoring the Minoans: Sir Arthur Evans and Elizabeth Price, inspired by Price’s A RESTORATION. Price will also premiere a newly commissioned work made for the Walker Art Center as part of her upcoming exhibition there in 2018.