Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield


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Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield began their long collaboration in the fall of 1973 and it ended with Lyn’s death in 1988. When they met both were young artists struggling to find a sense of direction. The newly released Panasonic porta-pak, presented them with a unique opportunity to collaborate on two main interests: feminism and art. After several months of making video interviews with notable women artists they enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for graduate school in 1974. They each received their degrees in 1976 and then went to set up the video program at the Women’s Building in Los Angeles. Upon returning to Chicago in the fall they were hired at the School to catalog and preserve a small in-house collection of video tapes called the Video Data Bank. Through the years they built small group of 110 titles into a globally recognized distribution collection and preservation archive of over 5000 titles of video art representing prominent works from the history of the medium. They individually produced 75 video interviews and supervised the making of over 400 additional interviews with contemporary artists. In addition to their work for the Video Data Bank both taught art history and criticism on the university level and participated in professional arts and media organizations and on grants panels as well as curated film and video festivals in both Europe and the United States.

Image courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

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February 15th, 2018

Craig Owens: Portrait of a Young Critic Available Now!

Badlands' latest title, Craig Owens: Portrait of a Young Critic by Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield is available now! In 1984, art critic and theorist Craig Owens (1950–90) gave a wide-ranging interview to Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield for their extraordinary video series On Art and Artists... more