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SU alumnus exhibits work in LA

By Paul Ray Donaire and Shay Du | November 23, 2023

Paul Pfeiffer, a Silliman University (SU) alumnus and multi-awarded video artist, opened his exhibit, “Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom,” on Nov. 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California.

Open until June 16, 2024, the presentation includes more than 30 works Pfeiffer created across his 25 years of multi-disciplinary practice.

His recent output aimed to celebrate the “artist’s incisive work that investigates ideas of extravagance, belongingness, and character.”

The newest commission in the series, “Paul Pfeiffer: Prologue to the Story of the Birth of Freedom,” was described as “a first retrospective of the artist’s multi-disciplinary practice.”

Pfeiffer is a New York City-based artist engaged in art through video, photography, installation, and sculpture since the late 1990s. 

His work uses “computer technologies to dissect mass media’s role in shaping consciousness.”

Pfeiffer is the son of the late Prof. William Pfeiffer and 2005 Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee Prof. Ruth Imperial-Pfeiffer, who both served separate terms as directors of SU’s then-College of Performing and Visual Arts.

Through his video editing skills, Pfeiffer’s work explored the obsession with celebrity culture, revealing how consciousness is shaped collectively.

He also demonstrated how “desire, heroism, and worship” function in “art, religion, politics, and nationhood.”

(via SU Office of Information and Publications)

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