Video Portrait by Schatz '86 at Smithsonian
The Network, a compelling new video portrait by artist Lincoln Schatz ’86, is a single-screen video that constantly recombines 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators, and scholars. It is currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The work—which includes interviews with influential figures such as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Emmy Award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts, Republican strategist Karl Rove, and congresswoman Nancy Pelosi—“presents visually the interconnectedness that defines contemporary life in Washington,” said Wendy Wick Reaves, interim director of the National Portrait Gallery. "Schatz has found a thoroughly 21st-century way to capture the accomplishments and aspirations of people who are leading this country."
An accompanying 223-page book titled The Network: Portrait Conversations was released on December 11.