Video Killed the Radio Star

What It Is, What It Was Frames Music Video Artistry Nov. 6-Dec 14, Opening Reception Dec. 6

By Annamarya Scaccia

Since the 1980s, music videos have been used to convey the visual manifestation of lyrical meaning.

Some videos are generic, mass commercial works, while others are unique, groundbreaking and enthralling. And it’s those latter ones—the ones that open up new visual worlds for the viewer—that are the subject of the University of Maryland’s The Art Gallery exhibit, “What It Is, What It Was: Music Video as Art.”

Opened on November 6, “What It Is, What It Was” showcases the integrity and ingenuity of some 40 music videos by popular and obscure artists that blend the graphic landscape with the acoustic soundscape into elevated art. The videos range from the beautiful and hypnotic to the dark and complex, whether it’s Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” or Gary Jules’s “Mad World.” The exhibit will run through Friday, December 14.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the Art Gallery has rescheduled its opening reception for Thursday, December 6. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the venue, 1202 Art-Sociology Building, UMD, in College Park.

For more information, visit

What It Is, What It Was: Music Video Art

November 6-December 14

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Art Gallery

1202 Art-Sociology Building

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

Photo: Exhibtion Installation, Nick Cave (left) and REM (right) / UMD Art Gallery
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