James Cohan Gallery Talk on Artist Bill Viola

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2021

James Cohan, founder and director of James Cohan Galleries in New York City will give a virtual presentation on Tuesday, March 9 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Mr. Cohan will be discussing the art of seminal video artist Bill Viola, as well as their long-term relationship as artist and gallerist. The talk will be live streamed on YouTube Live at https://youtu.be/-xvPYQ8fSVc

Bill Viola’s work titled “Moving Stillness, Mount Rainier” (1979) is currently on display from February 15 – April 3 in The Gallery at UTA. It is on loan from the Art Bridges Foundation, a program that arts patron and philanthropist Alice Walton created to loan museum-quality art to partner institutions throughout the country. The room-sized Viola piece was constructed on-site in a darkened, enclosed gallery space to create a more immersive viewer experience. It incorporates a video reflecting off a large pool of water onto a suspended screen, along with amplified sound recordings. The water surface is stirred with a paddle at set intervals throughout the day, disrupting the serene, reflected image. This contemplative work reflects on both the strength and fragility of nature over time.