The Stan VanDerBeek Archive cares for artworks, films and papers produced by American multimedia artist Stan VanDerBeek. The Archive provides access to VanDerBeek’s work through its facilitation of loans to museum exhibitions as well as the organization of exhibitions with commercial and nonprofit galleries. We actively distribute a selection of VanDerBeek’s films for screenings and exhibitions through an international team of distributors. Our goal is to make as much of Stan VanDerBeek’s work accessible to the public via its placement within private and public collections.
Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) studied visual art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York and then at Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, receiving honorary doctorates from both schools in 1957 and 1972, respectively. He began his artistic career as a painter but soon moved on to create award-winning experimental films and videos as well as numerous multimedia installations. VanDerBeek’s research into developing visual languages as ways of communication led him to seek out collaborations with pioneers in the fields of film technology, television broadcast, digital media, and computers. He served as an artist-in-residence and instructor at a number of organizations and research universities during his artistic career. He was a professor of art and film at University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 1975 until his death in 1984.
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