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Robert Whitman: Playback

March 5, 2003–January 11, 2004, Dia Chelsea


This exhibition focuses on works specifically made for presentation in gallery and museum spaces by Robert Whitman, a seminal figure in the context of Expanded Cinema and multimedia performance. "Playback" brings together a selection of key works from the early 1960s to late 1970s spanning various media, including sculptures with projections, film installations, laser works, and his suite of Dante Drawings.

Playback will travel to Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal, July 2004-October 2004 and the Museo Arte Contemporanea Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, from January to April 2005.


Robert Whitman


Robert Whitman was born in New York City in 1935. He died in Warwick, New York, in 2024.

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Photo: Don Stahl

Robert Whitman: Playback

This publication is the first to reexamine Robert Whitman's seminal early work, begun under the influence of Allan Kaprow in the late 1950s.

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