Video Data Bank


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Chicago’s Video Data Bank is home to the world’s most extensive collection of videos by and about artists. Established at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976 by former graduate students Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, VDB has become world renowned as one of the major collections of video art and artist interviews. The archive contains more than 5,000 titles that, seen as a whole, describe the development of video as an art form, originating in the late 1960s and continuing through the present. The collection includes seminal works by artists such as Bruce Nauman, Nancy Holt and Martha Rosler, as well as contemporary moving image artists like Sadie Benning, Miranda July, Walid Raad, and Paul Chan. Through an international distribution service, VDB makes video art, documentaries made by artists, and artist interviews available to a wide range of audiences. The organization serves screening venues worldwide, including galleries, major museums, micro-cinemas, festivals, educational institutions, libraries and media centers. In addition to the archive, VDB operates a preservation program, a research center and screening facility, and regularly curates programs and packages.

Visit to search the collection, read title descriptions and artist biographies, view QuickTime clips, and scan a bibliography on the history of video art.

The Video Data Bank is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the state.

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