archives & collections

History of Eztv

Many of the materials presented in this online museum comes from the Michael J. Masucci & Kate Johnson Media Arts Collection (aka the EZTV Archives)
 
In addition to this online museum and archive, there are several physical collections of the actual materials used in creating this online museum, as well as many other materials. These collections can be made available, to scholars and researchers. These collections include:
 
Patric Prince ( art historian, curator and c0-founder of EZTV’s CyberSpace Gallery) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 
The Michael J. Masucci and Kate Johnson collection @ ONE Gallery, National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC.
 
The Michael J. Masucci Antique Hardware Collection at 18th Street Arts Center.
 
Additionally, online links to a password protected selection of videos, which are not publicly available, may be available to scholars. Please contact the curators here for further information.

eztv archives & online museum launch

EZTV Archives to go to ONE at USC, and UCLA

for immediate release:

Major media art projects from EZTV’s collection of over 1,000 videotapes, and related ephemera, and press coverage are being acquired by several specialized archives, and presented as graduate research, in genres ranging from Queer Art, Multimedia Dance, Computer Art, Independent Documentary, Feature Film, and Performance.
 
Representative video, poster art, paintings and photographic works and accompanying essays will also be available to all, through the new EZTV Online Museum (www.eztvmuseum.com ) which launches on June 25, 2013.
 
As a direct result of EZTV’s inclusion in 18th Street Art Center’s 2011 exhibition COLAB, part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time, major portions of the collection are being preserved and made available to scholars internationally.
 
ONE, the National Gay & Lesbian Archives, part of the USC Library system has digitized a number of EZTV’s works and will stage an art exhibition as well as several retrospective screenings, panel discussions and performative events around LA in early 2014. Many of the early EZTV archives, especially, but not exclusively Queer-identified will also become part of ONE’s permanent collection. ONE’s archives constitute the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ materials.
 
Also EZTV’s pioneering multimedia dance-theater collaborations with the late choreographer Zina Bethune, spanning over 20 years, will be going to the archives at UCLA.
 
A graduate thesis by Andrea Foenander at the U.K.’s Royal College of Art, based on archives of EZTV’s computer art events already preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is near completion, and will also be presented next year in conjunction with ONE’s event series.
 
Plans by other organizations are also underway for events to coincide with ONE’s series.
 
Schedules of next year’s various events related to the EZTV archives will be announced this summer. Additionally, through the efforts of ONE Gallery, a selection of EZTV works will screen at the Film Anthology in New York.

According to ONE’s David Frantz:

“ONE is working with EZTV to preserve their vast trove of video, introduce it to a new generation, and contextualize the group’s early work within histories of queer art, computer art, performance and multimedia art, community building and alternative video and public practices.
 
I’m so pleased that ONE can with this project seek to broaden our collective understanding of video and art from Southern California through a long overdue examination of EZTV’s history and influence.
 
Expect more information on the project soon!"
 
 - David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives,
part of University of Southern California Library system

ABOUT EZTV:
With its roots dating back to 1979, EZTV created the nation’s first independent gallery dedicated to video, first on-going video theater and among the world’s first galleries and then website to focus on digital art.
 
It presented a diverse group of artists including David Hockney, R. Crumb, Yoko Ono, Keith Haring, Robert Williams, Jean-Luc Goddard, Pat Flanagan, Mike Kelly, Jim Shaw, Rebecca Allen, David Em, Survival Research Labs, R. Kern and many others.
 
EZTV also collaborated with many artists and thinkers ranging from poet Allen Ginsberg to philosopher Dr. Timothy Leary, and from filmmaker Robert Altman, as well as Emmy-award winning environmental activists/filmmakers Earth Alert!.
 
EZTV’s own collaborations have been presented at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York) the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Kitchen, the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Institute, SIGGRAPH and seen on the BBC, PBS as well as numerous festivals and galleries internationally.
 
The EZTV Archives is an organization in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica.

the collection

The Michael J. Masucci & Kate Johnson Media Arts Collection
 
(aka the EZTV Archives)

Approximately 1,000 analog and digital videotapes have been preserved in this collection, comprising a period of over 30 years, in addition to various accompanying posters, press clippings and numerous original art works. Although some copies of these tapes are already included in other collections, and a few even went onto international distribution, many of these tapes constitute the only known examples of the projects made by these artists.
 
The collection is important for a number of its assets, including a large collection of early LGBTQ works, and equally important for its collection of seminal digital art events, and live performance events, mostly staged at EZTV.
 
The collection contains not only original media productions, in a variety of genres, but also some important video documentation of Los Angeles’ diverse cultural climate, including performance art, poetry, political advocacy, lectures as well as many art openings, and live multimedia productions.
 
Among the collection are many original writings by EZTV founder John Dorr, dating back to his student days in the 1960′s, at Yale. These writings, and other Dorr-related materials as well as a large collection of work of interest to LGBTQ researchers will go, appropriately, to ONE, the National Gay & Lesbian Archives, part of the libraries at USC. Other parts of the collection, especially the collections of digital art, poetry and performance art, will find equally suitable homes.
 
In addition to the videos and associated ephemera, the collection has preserved forty years of video production equipment, cameras as well as decks: 1″, and 1/2″ reel-to-reel video, Betamax, 3/4 U-Matic, VHS, S-VHS, Betacam, video8, Hi-8, DV, DVCAM, digital8, HDV and HD. Personal computers, dating back to the early 1980′s are included as well.