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August 20th, 2002
Time / Travel: Video by Three Philadelphians on View Through November 3

Three videotapes by Philadelphia artists exploring time, travel and memory will be presented in the Video Gallery (179) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from August 20 to November 3, 2002. "Time/Travel" includes works by Peter Rose (b. 1947), Elizabeth Leister (b. 1963) and Matthew Suib (b. 1973), who share a painterly approach to the medium, using editing, color, and sound to make the familiar strange.

Opening the program will be Rose’s, The Geosophist’s Tears, 2002, which the artist shot during a road trip taken in the wake of the September 11th tragedy (August 20-September 16). The video reformulates the sublime landscape of the American West as a succession of fractured images. Rose's works in film, video, installation, and performance have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He directs the Film Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Leister’s three-part Vista, 2002, investigates a seemingly tame landscape that is haunted by unspoken events (September 17-October 6). In addition to exhibiting in galleries around Philadelphia Leister has presented her work at P.S. 122 and Art in General in New York, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, and Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the Fine Arts Fellowship (2002) and a Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Award (2000). She has taught at The University of the Arts and La Salle University. Vista can be viewed from

The genesis of Matthew Suib’s 1998 video The Shadow People (October 7-November 3) was a 1974 home movie of the artist as an infant with members of his immediate family. He transforms those images into a colorful abstraction meditating on loss, while achieving an eloquent reflection on the technology of film and video. Suib has shown in area galleries and at The Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyusha, P.S. 1, New York, and Images Festival in Toronto.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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