William E. Jones Midcentury
William E. Jones
The Wexner Center's free exhibition space for video, The Box features varied works shown in an intimate setting. The Box is located just across from the Wexner Center Store. Screenings run continuously seven days a week, the same hours as our ticket office (Mon–Wed: 9 AM–6 PM; Thu–Fri: 9 AM–8 PM; Sat: 10 AM–8 PM; Sun: 11 AM–6 PM).
Created in the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio and initially commissioned for the 2009 Venice Biennale, Midcentury is a compilation of short works mimicking a network’s broadcast day if it were condensed to a half-hour. Though Midcentury contains no first-person narration, it’s an autobiography of sorts: The work of a hyperactive child who grew up on a diet of television in the industrial wasteland of Massillon, Ohio, during the Cold War. (30 mins., video)
Jones’s work is also featured in the exhibition More American Photographs and during a screening of Selected Short Films in the Film/Video Theater on January 31. In addition, the Wexner Center Store is releasing a limited-edition box set DVD of Massillon, Jones’s breakthrough 1991 film, to coincide with the January 31 screening.