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February 25th, 1997
Museum To Host Video Artists

Artists from Up Close and Personal, the current video exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will take part in a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Museum's Seminar Room. Participants will include Cheryl Donegan, Alex Bag, and Alix Pearlstein. Lori Zippay, Executive Director of Electronic Arts Intermix (the leading video distributor in New York), will act as moderator.

Much of today's most dynamic video art is made by younger women, and it is their work that is featured in Up Close and Personal. These artists often use a performance-based approach in which the artist herself is cast as the key performer in a staged situations in which she addresses the viewer directly. The Museum's exhibition features works by 13 artists from the United States and Europe, including Cheryl Donegan, Vanessa Beecroft, Alix Lambert, Sadie Benning, Gillian Wearing, and Alex Bag.

Up Close and Personal can be seen in the Museum's Video Gallery, located in the Galleries of 20th-Century Art, and in the West Foyer just inside the Museum's West Entrance. The show has been extended until March 2. The panel discussion on February 26 is free of charge to all Museum visitors after Museum admission. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and a chance to converse informally with the artists.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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