Bill Viola’s video The Quintet of the Astonished (2000) graces the facade of the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse. This beautiful and emotionally charged video is the first installation at the Everson, the newest projection site for Light Work/Urban Video Project. The Quintet of the Astonished shows the unfolding expressions of five actors in such extreme slow motion that every minute detail of their changing facial expressions and movements can be detected. In this piece Viola explores the cathartic power within grief, personal suffering, and bereavement. A second work by the artist, Two Women (2008), is on view at the UVP site on the side of the Onondaga Historical Association. Both works will be on view through October 31, 2010, and Viola will be in conversation with David Ross at the Everson on October 14 at 7:30pm. For now, enjoy these gorgeous views (click to enlarge)!
The Quintet of the Astonished, 2000
Performers: John Malpede, Weba Garretson, Tom Fitzpatrick, John Fleck, Dan Gerrity
Photo: Kira Perov
Installation photo: Steve Sartori