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Chip Lord. "Abscam (Framed)" video still.

COLLEGE PARK, Md.—From September 3-October 17, 2014, The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland (UMD) presents "Process It All: Selected Works by Chip Lord." This is the first solo installation of Lord’s work at the gallery. This exhibition also celebrates the acquisition of seven of his videos, made between 1977 and 1984, for The Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

“Chip Lord’s video tapes from the late-1970s and early-1980s are even more poignant today than when they were originally created,” says exhibition curator Taras W. Matla. According to Matla, “Chip used video in such a thoughtful and critical way. So much so, that it altered the course for how visual narratives were captured, produced, and displayed by artists during that time.”

The videos—"Celebrity Author," "Bi-Coastal," "Executive Air Traveler," "Get Ready to March!," "Abscam (Framed)," "Three Drugs," and "AUTO FIRE LIFE"—establish a visual lexicon with which Lord, often humorously, reveals the true nature of consumer-oriented programming. Broadcasting moments and familiar scenarios are mocked by the artist through crudely edited news story reenactments that completely dismantle the traditional rela- tionship viewers tend to experience while watching TV. This exhibition is a continuation of The Art Gallery’s five-year collecting initiative aimed at procuring important practitioners of time-based media art, with the goal of enriching its holdings and making such works available for studio art and art history students who are conducting research in this field.

A public opening reception for "Process It All: Selected Works by Chip Lord" will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 5:00pm-7:00pm at The Art Gallery, 2202 Art-Sociology Bldg., College Park, MD 20742. For more information, please call 301.405.2763 or e-mail


Chip Lord was born in 1944. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, with projects that include videos, films, photographs, installations and public works. Lord studied architecture at Tulane University. He has also taught in the art departments at University of California, San Diego and Uni- versity of California, Santa Cruz. He lives and works in San Francisco, California. For more information on the artist, please visit: