Chip Lord

Chip Lord (b. 1944) trained as an architect, and was a founding partner of the group Ant Farm in 1968.  With Ant Farm he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas, 1974.  His research-based practice blends documentary and experimental traditions and moves between video, photography, and installation.


In 2005 a survey of Lord’s video work was shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arts Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. The project Movie Map, which includes sixteen photographs of San Francisco neighborhood theaters as well as video, was shown in the exhibition, “AUTO.SUEÑO Y MATERIA” in Gijon and Madrid, Spain in 2009. In 2010 he completed a public video art commission for the remodeled Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. To & From LAX used 25 channels of video to depict the destination airports connected via flight patterns to LAX.  A companion piece, IN TRANSIT is a single channel film of a round-the-world flight – San Francisco to Shanghai, Beijng to London, Frankfurt to Mexico City, and Mexico City to Los Angeles in 22 minutes.


Lord’s work has been exhibited and published widely and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the FRAC Centre, the Pompidou Centre, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.He began teaching in the Visual Art Department at UC San Diego in 1982. Since retiring from full-time teaching in the Film & Digital Media Department, U.C. Santa Cruz in 2010,


Lord has lectured and been an invited guest critic in art and architecture programs. These include Mills College, The California College of the Arts, University of Washington, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MIT Visual Arts, University of Florida Art Department, Atelier Romo at the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. 


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