Jonathan Wells — co-curator of “Spectacle: The Music Video,” opening March 3 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio — selected 10 exceptional videos from the show to share with ARTINFO. Read his thoughts on the videos in our slideshow, and watch samples from each clip below.
A great music video combines music and moving image in a package that transcends its individual elements. These 10 videos, when considered together, can give insight into the extensive exhibition "Spectacle: The Music Video" we are preparing to open at the Contemporary Arts Center. "Spectacle" presents the genre's role as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture; both its antecedents and likely future; and its place as a fertile playground for creative experimentation. — Jonathan Wells