Donald Krieger: Black Maria

Main Gallery Nov 17, 1994–Jan 15, 1995

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Donald Krieger: Black Maria
Nov 17, 1994–Jan 15, 1995





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Black Maria, 1995
Black Maria, 1995, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Krieger’s multimedia installation explored the consequences of two of Thomas Edison’s inventions: the phonograph and the first motion picture studio, which he named the Black Maria. The installation traced the development of these inventions from the late nineteenth century to the present day, suggesting that modern consciousness has been permanently altered by modern applications of Edison’s research–in particular, by the work of Walt Disney and Andy Warhol. Black Maria was commissioned for the 1994 Artist Project Series and presented as part of LAX: The Los Angeles Exhibition.