William E. Jones Midcentury
William E. Jones
As part of the Wexner Center’s 25th anniversary, The Box is dedicating the entire year of programming to work produced in the Film/Video Studio. Screenings in this free exhibition space for video, located just across from the Wexner Center Store, 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.