ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Bill Viola: The Raft
This October, the NBMAA will present The Raft, a powerful video installation by one of the most highly regarded contemporary artists. Meticulously captured in slow-motion, The Raft
addresses human calamity and shared humanity, provoking a consideration
of the range of responses to crisis. The work is inspired by art
historical sources from ancient Greek and Roman friezes to Théodore
Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa (1818–19), a
monumental Romantic painting of survivors of a shipwreck. Originally
created for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the presentation is part of a
new national tour, organized by the American Federation of Arts and Bill
The Raft is part of ArtRoom, an ongoing series of contemporary art installations organized by the AFA.
This presentation is made possible, in part, by funds from the A.R. Brooks Trust.