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Guide to the Jaime Davidovich Collection

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Collection processed by Jessica Shimmin, 2007; videotapes processed by Brent Phillips, 2006-2007

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 25, 2017
Description is in English.

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files Updated by Megan O'Shea to prepare artwork being sent to offsite art storage in September 2017  , March 2017 , August 2017

Biographical Note

Jaime Davidovich is known as an artist whose innovative and multi-dimensional artworks and art-making activities produced several distinct professional reputations including painter, installation artist, video artist, public access television producer, activist, and non-profit organizer. Like his artwork, Davidovich's career challenges the boundaries of any one professional identity. His professional career demonstrates a desire to expand the formal boundaries of art practice and the public forums for art exhibition.

Jaime Davidovich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. Educated at the National College in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the University of Uruguay; and the School of Visual Arts in New York, Jaime Davidovich has exhibited widely at museums in New York, Ohio, and Iowa, and internationally in Iran, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Italy, France, and Germany. Jaime Davidovich currently resides in New York.

Davidovich began exhibiting his paintings professionally in 1958 in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States. Interested in space and texture, he experimented with the boundaries of visual artworks first by dissolving the structure of the painting's frame by affixing canvas to walls and then by installing works directly on walls, floors, stairways, and sidewalks. Adhesive tape came to figure prominently in Davidovich's work, initially as a means to affix canvas to walls and subsequently as an artistic medium itself.

The emergence of portable video equipment in the late 1960s dovetailed with Davidovich's existing interest in minimalism and the aesthetics of line. Davidovich's single channel video works "Road" in 1972 and "3 Mercer Street" in 1975 are some of his earliest video art explorations. These works are noteworthy because of their institutional backing; "Road" was produced with the assistance of the Akron Art Institute in Ohio and "3 Mercer Street" was made possible by a grant from the Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) program. Davidovich then went on to create video installations, including his "Evita" works that developed between 1984-1992 and "Inside and Between" a 1996 work shown at the Museo del Barrio in New York City.

When cable television emerged in the mid-1970's, Jaime Davidovich was one of the first artists to recognize its potential for the contemporary arts. In 1976 he helped establish Cable SoHo. A year later he established the Artists Television Network, a nonprofit organization established to explore the artistic potential of broadcast television and encourage the dissemination of video art through a commercial broadcast medium. The organization produced television programming under the name SoHo Television, a Project of the Artists Television Network, and broadcast on Manhattan Public Access Cable. Programming included video art, early music videos, performances and interviews with artists including Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Richard Foreman among many others. The organization produced programming until 1984.

Davidovich is perhaps best known for his work on The Live! Show, a weekly public access television program with a variety show format that appropriated the formal norms of television along with avant-garde performances, artwork, political satire, and social commentary. Davidovich developed the character Dr. Videovich, a psychologist and specialist in television addiction. The show also featured commercials for Videokitsch, commercially produced items and art multiples made by Davidovich and others. In 1991 the American Museum of the Moving Image presented a retrospective of The Live! Show. In 2007 the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain added The Live! Show to its collection of video art.

Selected Exhibitions


"Jaime Davidovich's 'Carroll Wall Project'", John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

"Experiments in Art and Technology", B.K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

"Iberamerican Celebration", Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

"11 From E.A.T.", John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio


"Six Artists", Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio

"Master Drawings and Works on Paper", The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

"Five Artists", The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

"Hacia un Perfil del Arte Latino Americano", Pamplona, Spain

"Arte de Sistemas", Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenes Aires; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile


"Railroad Bridge Project", The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Biennial Exhibition", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Bykert Gallery, New York


"Open Circuit" Video Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York

"Kunst Systemen in America - Centrum", Antwerpen, Belgium

"Latin American Week in London", Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, Belgium


"Art of the Seventies", Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Fourth International Open Encounter on Video", CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Encounter of Video Tape", Museum of Art, Ferrara, Italy

"Art Today USA", Teheran, Iran

"International Encounter of Video Tapes", Espace, Pierre Cardin, Paris

Video Performance, 3 Mercer Street Store, New York

"Video Tapes", New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio


"Jaime Davidovich: Video Tapes", Anthology Film Archives, New York

"Jaime Davidovich Video VII", Museum of Modern Art, New York

"New York - Downtown Manhattan - Soho - Academie de Kunst", Berlin

"The New American Filmmakers Series", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

"Baseboard", The Kitchen, New York

Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York


"Artists Make Television", Anthology Film Archives, New York

"Soho Television", The Kitchen, New York

"Adhesive Tape/Video Installation", Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

"Outdoor Environmental Art", The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

"Art of the Seventies", Fundacion Miro, Barcelona

"New York Artists", Louisiana Museum, Denmark

"8th International Video Art Festival", Continental Gallery, Lima, Peru


"Jaime Davidovich 'Art Turns on Television'", Coroborree, New York

"Soho Television", The Kitchen, New York

"Video - Entre L'Art ila Comunicacio - Series Informatives 1", Col-legi D'Arquitectes de Catalunya, Institut Alemany de Barcelona, Barcelona


"Intermedia", Corroboree Gallery, Iowa State University, Iowa City (Catalogue)

"Soho TV Presents", Long Beach Museum of Art


"Shock Opera", Youthinasia, Hurrah, New York

"Visual Arts Conference", University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

"Video - Informative Series 2", Collegi D'Arquitectes de Catalunya, Institut Alemany de Barcelona, Barcelona

"Jaime Davidovich", Stichting Agora, Nederland

Agora Studio, Maastrich, Holland


"Video/Behavior/Art", Institut D'Estudis Nord-Americans, Barcelona (Catalogue)

Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles

"Video", University Art Museum, Berkley, California

"Alternatives in Retrospect", The New Museum, New York (Catalogue)


"The Artist and Television", The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, UCLA College of Fine Arts, Long Beach Museum of Art, NYU College of Arts

"The Live! Show", MCTV, New York

Chicago Editing Center, Chicago

"Athens International Film/Video Festival", Athens Center for Film and Video, Ohio University College of Fine Arts (Catalogue)

"Videodagen", Fodor, Amsterdam (Catalogue)

Video and Television Festival, Maastrich, Holland

"Festival de Video", Center for Media Art, American Center, Paris

"Kijkschrift een Uitgave Van Het Kijkhuis", Kijkhuis World Wide Video Festival, Nederland (Catalogue)

"New Images/New Languages", Toulouse, France


"Video/ Jaime Davidovich", Hallways, Buffalo, New York

"Television!", Group Installation at the Windows at 62 White Street, New York

"Watching Television - A Video Event", School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Wake Up", Artists in Residence Series of the Chicago Editing Center

"Video/Culture", Harbourfront

"17 Bienal de Sao Paulo", Brazil (Catalogue)

"TV USA 1983", Institute of American Studies, Barcelona, Spain (Catalogue)


"Cleveland Revisited", The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (Catalogue)

"TV on TV", Texas Tech University

"Global Village 10th Annual Documentary Festival", New York (Catalogue)

"So There, Orwell - 1984 - A Video Review", The Louisiana World Exposition (Catalogue)

"Video: A Retrospective", Long Beach Museum of Art

"World Wide Video Festival 84", Kijkhuis, Nederland (Catalogue)

"From TV to Video", l'immagine elettronica, Bologna (Catalogue)

"1 Bienal de la Habana", Pabellon Cuba Museo Nacional, La Habana, Cuba (Catalogue)

"Salso Film and TV Festival", Assessorato Alla Cultura del Comune di Parma, Parma


"Artists Talk Back to the Media", Holland

"Utah Arts Festival 1985", Triad Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Catalogue)

"Famous for 30 Seconds - Artists in the Media", Artists Space, New York (Catalogue)


"Television's Impact on Contemporary Art", The Queens Museum, New York

"Artists' Television Project", The University of Iowa, Iowa City

"Transcultural/Transmedia", Exit Art, New York

"Computer Culture Days Linz", ORF - Videonale/New Images for a New Age, ARS Electronica, Austria


"Jaime Davidovich", Diane Brown Gallery, New York (Catalogue)

"Crossing Over: Video, Criticism, Theory", The Corroboree + Multimedia Studios, School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City

"1988 National Latino Film and Video Festival", El Museo del Barrio, New York

"San Antonio Film and Video Festival", San Antonio


"Image World - Art and Media Culture", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Catalogue)

"Pervasive Symbiosis - Ten Argentine-New York Artists", La Agencia, New York


"The Live! Show Retrospective", American Museum of the Moving Image, New York (Catalogue)

"The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920- 1970", The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (Catalogue)


"Jaime Davidovich - Contexto Transcultural Video-Instalaciones", ICI de Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Ideas and Images from Argentina", The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

"Video Arte Internacional", Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Asociacion Argentina de Criticos de Arte, Instituto de Cooperacion Ibero Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Catalogue)

"Image World: Metamedia", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

"The Decade Show - Frameworks of Identity in the 1980's", Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (Catalogue)


"Forces/Farces", Exit Art, New York


"Los Pueblos Quieren Saber de que se Trata", Video Installation, Fundacion Banco Patricios, Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Americas", Monasterio de Santa Clara, Moguer (Huelva) (Catalogue)

"Uncommon Ground", College Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, New York (Catalogue)

"Democracy in Communication", International Media Resource Exchange (Catalogue)


"Buenos Aires Video", ICI de Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Catalogue)

"Festival on tactical television", Paradiso Amsterdam (Next 5 Minutes Video Catalogue)


"Lo Falso, Lo Virtual, Lo Real", ICI de Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Scars, Pleasure + Sacrifice", Argentina, Colombia Video Creation, Colombian Center and Consulate General of Argentina, New York

"Ver Y Estimar", Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenes Aires, Argentina (Catalogue)

"Recordando el Futuro", Colombian Mission, New York


"The Promised Land", Installation, ICI de Buenos Aires, Argentina

"El Museo del Barrio Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition- Part III- Reaffirming Spirituality", El Museo del Barrio, New York


"Legacy/Legado", The Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut (Catalogue)


"Zocalo" 1975-1998, Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires,Argentina


"Paintings in Real Time", Lehman College Art Gallery, New York


"The End" An 18-year history of Exit Art",Exit Art, New York


"EXO" Kleinert Arts Center, Woodstock, New York


"View from Above" Deep Listening Center, Kingston, New York

"Paintings in Real Time" Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, Argentina


"Jaime Davidovich Video Works 1970-2000" The Phatory Gallery, New York (Catalogue)

"Imaging the River" The Hudson River Museum, New York

"Ultravideoform" Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York


"Odd Lots" Revisiting Gordon Matta Clark's Fake Estates. White Columns/ Queens Museum of Art". New York

Pioneros de video arte "Peter Campus-Jaime Davidovich" Galeria Senda. Barcelona. Spain

"Jaime Davidovich" VanGuardia, Bilbao, Spain


"Primera Generacion. Arte e Imagen en Movimiento" Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia. Madrid. Spain

"The studio visit". Exit Art. New York


Monografia. Stand By TV. La Caixa. Barcelona. Spain