Hard Times and Culture: Part One: Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (1990)
Length: 34 min.
Analysis of four historic periods (the Medici's Florence, 16th century Portugal, fin-de-siècle Vienna and modern Manhattan) provides an understanding of how the artist functions in society as both creator and salesman of a unique commodity, and illuminates the benefits of support for the arts.
Electronic Arts Intermix
535 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 337-0680
Fax: (212) 337-0679
Hard Times and Culture (1990)
J.S. Bach (1986)
The Looking Glass (1982)
The Laughing Alligator (1979)
The Abandoned Shabono (1976)
Las Meninas (Maids of Honor) (1975)
About Cages (1987)
The Circle of Fire (1979)
Plato Now (1972)
Juan Downey was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1940 and died in 1993. After receiving a degree in architecture from the Catholic University of Chile, he studied at S.W. Hayters Atelier 17 in Paris and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Downey received numerous awards, including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as associate professor for the School of Architecture and the media department at the Pratt Institute from 1970 to 1991. His videotapes, drawings, performances and installations have been exhibited in solo or group shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (including six Whitney Biennials); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; the Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; and the Venice Biennale. In 1997 the IVAM Centro Julio Gonzalez in Valencia, Spain hosted a major retrospective of his work. At the 49th Venice Biennale Plateau for Human Kind, he received an honorable mention for excellence in Art, Science and Technology for his video installation About Cages.
1961 BA, Architecture, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago
Juan Downey was the subject of a curated collection of films and other works, entitled Efecto Downey | The Downey Effect, displayed from June through August at El Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juan Downey is the subject of a curated collection of films and other works, entitled Efecto Downey | The Downey Effect, on display from June through August at El Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
November - December 2004
Juan Downeys contribution to the history of video art was celebrated in a lecture by John Hanhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum. The lecture, presented at Electronic Arts Intermix in December, included selected videos and installations to examine how Downy used a variety of narrative strategies to construct critical engagements with culture and society.