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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Juan Downey (May 11, 1940 - June 9, 1993) was a pioneer video artist.  He was born in Santiago, Chile. His father David Downey V. was a distinguished architect in Chile and following in his father’s footsteps Juan Downey studied and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile.

From a young age, he immersed himself in studying different forms of art, including painting, dance and writing. In 1961, to further his studies and develop his artistic practice, Downey traveled to Europe. He spent a few months in Barcelona and Madrid, followed by Paris where he lived for a period of three years during which he studied printmaking at Stanley William Hayter’s legendary Atelier 17. During this time, he befriended the artists Eugenio Téllez, Roberto Matta, Julio Le Parc, and Takis.

In 1965 Downey traveled to Washington DC at the invitation of The Organization of American States to have a solo show of his work. It was in Washington DC Downey met his wife, Marilys Belt. He stayed in Washington DC for a couple of years before moving with his family to New York City in 1969 where he lived until his death in 1993. Downey taught at Pratt Institute in New York from 1970 until 1992.

He is recognized as a pioneer video artist; however, during his artistic career Downey created an extensive body of work that also includes electronic and video sculptures, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, installation and writing. Downey’s drawings are especially remarkable and remained a constant practice for the artist. All of his major works were accompanied by drawings. They not only reflect his “sureness of hand” as the curators David Ross and James Harithas noted (Juan Downey: With Energy Beyond These Walls, p. 329), but also serve as compelling documents of his ideas and visions, and reveal this sustained practice of drawing over a lifetime.

The early period of Juan Downey’s artistic practice consisted of painting, drawing, writing and printmaking. After moving to the United States in 1965, he began to experiment with numerous forms of art that included creating interactive electronic sculptures, performances, happenings, and in the late 1960s video art. He wrote, “The universe is not an assemblage of independent parts, but an overlapping, interrelated system of energy. All my work relates to this vision.” These media permitted Downey to investigate ideas about invisible energy as well as invite for active participation of the viewers with his work.

Two seminal series in Downey’s career were Video Trans Americas, begun in 1971 and The Thinking Eye, begun in mid-1970s. Video Trans Americas (V.T.A.) is often divided into two groups: the first group was developed between 1973-1976, and the second between 1976-1977. The two series stress his preoccupation with political discourse, the self, history of art, western civilization, and Latin American identity.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS featuring Juan Downey’s work include Juan Downey: Audio-Kinetic Electronic Sculptures, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC; With Energy Beyond These Walls, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, NY, (1970); Video Trans Americas, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX, (1976); Juan Downey: Video Trans Americas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, (1976); Video Trans Americas, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (1977); Juan Downey: New American Filmmaker Series, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1978); Juan Downey, Matrix/Berkeley 16, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (1978); Une Forêt 'Videoformes': Retrospective Juan Downey, Festival de la Création Vidéo, Clermont-Ferrand, France (1993); Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago (1995), Chile; Juan Downey: Con energía más allá de estos muros, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Centre del Carme,Valencia, Spain (1997-98); Retrospectiva de Video Arte de Juan Downey, Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé, Castro, Chiloé, Chile (2000); Plateau of Humankind, Honorable Mention: “Excellence in Art Science and Technology,” 49th Venice Biennale Chilean Pavilion, Venice, Italy (2001); and Juan Downey: El ojo pensante, Sala de Arte Fundación Telefónica, Santiago, Chile (2010); Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY (2011-2012).

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Selected museum collections include Tate Modern, London, UK; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Centre Pompidou/Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, among others.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Valerie Smith, ed. Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect. Leipzig: MIT List Visual Art Center & The Bronx Museum, 2011.

González, Julieta, Nicolás Guagnini, Carla Macchiavello, and Valerie Smith. Juan Downey: el ojo pensante. Santiago: Fundación Telefonica, 2010.

Arévalo, Antonio, Marilys Belt de Downey, Juan Downey, José Goñi Carrasco, and Luisa Ulibarri Lorenzini. Juan Downey: La Biennale di Venezia, 49 Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte. Milan: Rodrigo Figueroa Schirmer, 2001.

Bonet, Eugeni, Douglas Davis, Juan Downey, Nuria Enguita, Coco Fusco, Juan Guardiola, John G. Hanhardt, James Harithas, and David Ross. Juan Downey: With Energy Beyond These Walls (Con energía más allá de estos muros). Valencia: Institut Valencià d’Art Modern and Centre del Carme, 1997-98.

Hanhardt, John G., and Ann D. Hoy. Juan Downey of Dream Into Study. Santiago: Editorial Lord Cochrane, 1987.

Source:
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Santiago in Chile, Juan Downey does artwork ranging from videotapes and drawings to installations and performances. Downey graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and from 1967 to 1969 studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

His work was shown in the 1975 and 1991 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the International Center of Photography in New York, the University Art Museum in Berkeley, California, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas.

Downey won many awards, including the Rockefeller Video Fellowship, the Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship, a prize from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

His work is now part of the collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, and the Atedlijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Source: Sotheby's.com

Biography from NOHRA HAIME GALLERY:
JUAN DOWNEY 1940 -1993

1940 Born in Santiago, Chile. May 11.
1951-56 St. George's College, High School.
1957-61 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, BA Architecture.
1960-61 “Taller 99”, Nemesio Antunes, Printmaking, Santiago, Chile.
1961 Lived and painted in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
1961-65 "Atelier 17", Stanley W. Hayter, Printmaking, Paris, France.
Architectural Firms: Andre Gomis, Gerard Grandval, Emile Aillaud,
Paris, France.
1965 Lived and worked in Washington DC.
1967-69 Lived and worked in New York.
1969 Settled in New York

PROFESSORSHIPS

1959-61 Assistant Professor: School of Fine Arts and the School of Engineering.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Free Hand
and Mechanical Drawing.
1967-69 Professor of Fine Art. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Sculpture, Drawing, Art Appreciation and Design.
Professor. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Inter-Media and
Design.
Professor. Graduate School of the US Department of Agriculture,
Washington DC. Sculpture, Drawing.
1967-70 Chairman of the Art Department. Mount Vernon College, Washington DC.
Sculpture, Design, Rendering and Perspective, Printmaking and
Color Therapy.
1970-72 Professor. Art Department. Hunter College, New York. Graduate Design
and Sculpture.
1970-92 Associate Professor. School of Architecture & School of Art and Design.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Architectural Design, Media and
Communication, Materials,Video and Video Presentation.

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
1994 Retrospectiva de Video Arte de Juan Downey. Museo Chileno de Arte
Precolombino, Santiago, Chile.
1995 Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos. Museo Nacional de Bellas
Artes, Santiago, Chile. May 16 - June 18.
1997 Electronic Highways: New Video Art Exhibitions at Digital Video
Wall.The Rockefeller Center, Mitsui Fudosan Inc., New York.
(J.S. Bach)
1997-8 Juan Downey: Con energía mas allá de estos muros. IVAM. Institut
Valencià d’Art Modern, Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain.
1999 Juan Downey: Dibujando con los Yanomami. Galería ArtEspacio, Santiago,
Chile. May 11-June 16
Retrospectiva de Video Arte de Juan Downey. III Festival
Cinematográfico de Valparaíso, Universidad Federico Santa
María, Valparaíso, Chile. (Yucatán, Guatemala, The Abandoned
Shabono, Guahibos,The Laughing Alligator, The Motherland,The
Return of the Motherland, No, Moving, The Looking Glass, J.S.
Bach,Information Withheld, Shifters, Hard Times and Culture,
Rumbo al Golfo, Chile, Chiloé, Chicago Boys.)
Juan Downey: Meditando con los Yanomami. Galería Modigliani, Viña del
Mar, Chile.
2000 Noreshi Towai. Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé, Castro, Chiloé, Chile.
Retrospectiva de Video Arte de Juan Downey. Museo de Arte Moderno de
Chiloé, Castro, Chiloé, Chile.
2000-1 Video Time. MoMA. Museum of Modern Art, New York.
2001 Juan Downey: Dibujando con los Yanomami. Embassy of Chile, Washington
DC.
49th Venice Biennale. Plateau of Humankind. (Installation: About Cages)
Honorable Mention: “Excellence in Art, Science and Technology.” Chilean Pavilion, Venice, Italy.
2002 Juan Downey, Dibujando con los Yanomami. Consulate General of Chile,
New York.
2003 Juan Downey: Video Instalaciones. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo,
Valdivia, Chile.
Juan Downey: Grabados. Galería ArtEspacio, Santiago, Chile. May 8—June 11
2005 Juan Downey: Drawings from Las Meninas and The Looking Glass, Nohra
Haime Gallery, New York.
2007 Juan Downey: Meditations, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

JUAN DOWNEY—PUBLICATIONS AND WRITINGS:
1990 "Notas sobre 'Hard Times and Culture, Part One, Vienna 'Fin-de-Siècle' ("Tiempos dificiles y cultura: Primera
parte, Viena 'fin-de siècle'."), (Spanish translation: "With Energy Beyond These Walls—Con energía
más allá de estos muros"), Catalogue for one-man exhibition, IVAM, 1998, p.284. Valencia, Spain.
1992 "The Name Latin American Indian", Felix. A Journal of Media Art and Communication, Vol. 1, No. 2,
New York.
"Notes about Hard Times and Culture", Felix. A Journal of Media Art and Communication vol. 2, No.1, 1995.
New York; Reedited in Spanish in Juan Downey:Instalaciones, dibujos y videos, Museo Nacional de
Bellas Artes, 1995, p.6.Art Journal College of Art Association. Co-edited Shifra M. Goldman PhD.
and Luis Camnitzer. Winter 1992. New York.
1994 "Torokoiwe", Mundo Precolombino, no.1, 1994, pp. 50-55, Santiago, Chile.

PERFORMANCE, EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
1974 "Nazca" and "Video Trans Americas Video Performance". The Kitchen, New York.
"Publicness". Channel D, live cable-cast, Manhattan Cable TV, New York.
"Representation". Artists Space, New York.
"Chile Sí-Junta No". Three-hundred silk-screened T-shirts were handed out to demonstrators in front
of the I.T.T. Headquarters, New York. September 11, 1974.
"Inca Split". (b/w, C.C.T.V., audience participation)
“Video Trans Americas Debriefing Pyramid”. The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
1975 "Bi-Deo". Media Study Center, SUNY, Buffalo, NY.
Bi-Deo. Anthology Film Archives, New York. (March 27 & 28, 1977)
"Titi Video” and "The Flag”. About 405 East 13th Street, New York.
"Bag Lady". (in collaboration with Susan Harris)
"Representation". Newhouse Communication Center, University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY.
1976 “Bi-Deum”. (1. Quartz light, 2. 16 mm film projector, 3. Quartz light 4. video camera 5. monitors)
Bi-Deum. Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. (February 14, 1977)
1979 "Sateli-tenis". (in collaboration with Eugenio Dittborn) Video correspondence between New York and
Santiago, Chile.

INSTALLATIONS

1970 "Life Cycle". (Installation with live bees, flowers, honey, C.C.T.V.) 112 Greene Street, New York.
"Chilean Nitrate of Sodium-Potash". (aka. “Make Chile Rich”) Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
Part A: "Make Chile Rich". Collage, pencil and acrylic on board, 36 x 40".
Part B: Bag containing Chilean nitrate of soda-potash, 6 x 5 x 5".
Part C: "A Clean New Race". Pastel, pencil & tempera on cardboard, 36 x 40".
"My loft became a condensed farm. All kind of vegetables and house plants grew from clean soil
fertilized with nitrate of soda-potash, the best quality natural fertilizer." Museo Nacional de
1972 "A Vegetable System of Communication for New York State". The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY.
Part A: Acrylic and collage on board, 50 x 50".
Part B: Philodendron, soil and copper, 36 x 20 x 20".
1975 "Juan Downey: Energy Systems”. Center for Inter-American Relations, New York. April 3—May 11.
(“Anaconda Map of Chile” (censored), “Las Meninas”)
1987 “J.S. Bach”. Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA. (“Bachdisc”)
1988 "The Debt". Exit Art Gallery, New York. June 28 - July 29. (“Anaconda Map of Chile”, with a live
Anaconda)
1990 “Juan Downey: Bachdisc”. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.
1995 “Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos”. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
(“Bachdisc”)
1997-98 “Juan Downey: Con energía más allá de estos muros”. IVAM. Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno,
Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain. (“Bachdisc”) Oct. 28, 1997—Jan. 11, 1998.
2000 "Cien Años de arte Chileno, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes". Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago,
Chile. Sep. 16—Dec. 31. (“Anaconda Map of Chile”, with a live Anaconda)

VIDEO INSTALLATIONS FROM 1982
1982 "Cheops" (color, 13 min., 6 video channels)
1983 "Willi Wear & Willi Smith" (16 monitors)
Willi Wear & Willi Smith. Puck Building. New York. (1983)
"Signage" ( 3 video channels). “Information Withheld”, “Sinage”, “Trinities”.
Video as Attitude. Museum of Fine Arts; Santa Fe University Art Museum at the University of New
Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (May 13 - June 26, 1983)
Signage. Anthology Film Archives. Anthology Video Program. February 9.
1984 "Obelisk" (color, 8 min., 15 monitors, 3 video channels, porta-pack).
Juan Downey: The Thinking Eye. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. (1985)
1986 "About Cages" ( 1 video channel, 2 audio channels, wood cage, four live birds)
6th World Wide Video Festival. The Hague, The Netherlands. Sept. 5 - 12. (1987)
The Situated Image. Text: by Chip Lord, Mandeville Gallery, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
May 16 - June 14. (1987)
Time And Memory: Video Art and Identity. Text: Fred Riedell, The Jewish Museum, New York. July 3 –
September 1. (1988)
Mediated Narratives: Constructed and Invented Myths. ICA. Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, MA.
(1988)
Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile. May
16 - June 18. (1995)
El Museo Part III: Reaffirming Spirituality. 25th Anniversary Exhibition. El Museo del Barrio, New York.
(1995)
Juan Downey: Con energía mas allá de estos muros. IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Centre del
Carme, Valencia, Spain. (Oct. 28, 1997—Jan. 11, 1998)
49th Venice Biennale. Plateau of Humankind. Honorable Mention: “Excellence in Art, Science and
Technology.” Chilean Pavilion, Venice, Italy. (June 6 - November 18, 2001)
Across Borders. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York. (2004)
1988 "Bachdisc" (color, digital sound, 30 min., interactive video/disc)
Juan Downey. ICA. Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, MA. February 10 - April 23. (1989)
Juan Downey: Bachdisc. International Center of Photography (Midtown), New York. Sept. 15 - Nov. 1.
1990)
Juan Downey: Instalaciones, Dibujos y Videos. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile. May
16 - June 18. (1995)
Juan Downey: Con energía mas allá de estos muros. IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Centre del
Carme, Valencia, Spain. (October 28, 1997 - January 11, 1998)
1989-90"Encounters" (color, 9 min., video/audio, 4 video channels. Participants: Harry Shunk, Les Levine,
Jeffrey Lew, Jorge Tacla)
1991 "Rewe" (12 min. each channel, color, stereo sound, 3 channels, 8 monitors, rear view projector)
European Media Art Festival. Osnabrück, Germany. (September 4 - 22, 1991)
Efectos de Viaje. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile. (October 15 - November 9, 1991)
Legacy / Legados. Old State House, Hartford, CT. (1996)
Juan Downey: Con energía mas allá de estos muros. IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Centre del
Carme, Valencia, Spain. (October 28, 1997 - January 11, 1998)
Nehuen: Mapuche Power. Museo de las Americas, Boulder, CO. (June 17—September 25, 2005)

ELECTRONIC SCULPTURES (With participatory environment.)

1966 "Invisible Communication" (desc!!!)
What Happened: A Look Back. The Judson Church Gallery. New York. (1967)
Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. (Jan. 4- Feb. 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
"Nostalgic Item"
Young Artists: Their Work, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York. (1967)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York,. (1970)
1967 "The White Box". Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. (January 4 –
February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
"The Human Voice". Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. (January 4 –
February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1969)
1968 "Radioactive Chair”. Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. (January 4 –
February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1969)
"Invisible Energy". Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. (January 4
February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1969)
"Against Shadows”. Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC.
(January 4 - February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1969)
Show Title? Tel Aviv Museum, Israel. (1969)
Show Title? Bronx Museum, New York. (1989)
"A Machine With Three Conditions”.Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington
DC. (January. 4 - February 28, 1969)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
"Do Your Own Concert”. Invisible Communication. The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC.
(January 4 - February 28, 1969)
1969 "With Energy Beyond These Walls”.Cybernetic Serendipity. Corcoran Gallery, Washington.DC. (1970)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
Portrait. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
1970 "Information Center”. With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
Lunn Gallery, Washington DC. (During the winter, hundreds of questionnaires were mailed to Artists,
Collectors and Critics, dealing with economical, educational, political and social trends within the art
world. Early that spring their answers were computed. The results of the research were tabulated in
large graphs and audio-visuals, displayed in the sculpture).
"Pollution Robot". (Performance)
With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
"Against Shadows". With Energy Beyond These Walls. Howard Wise Gallery, New York. (1970)
Some More Beginnings. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
"Shadows Storage".
Show Title? Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. (1971)
Show Title? Bronx Museum, New York, NY. (1989)
"Life Cycle" (Installation with live bees, flowers, honey, C.C.T.V.)
Show Title? The Electric Gallery, Toronto, Canada. (1969)
Show Title? 112 Greene Street Gallery, New York NY (1970)
Show Title? Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. NY. (1971)
"Tremors".
Show Title? Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. NY. (1971)

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS FROM 1980
1980 NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts: Radio, Film and TV, (Individual Artist),Washington DC. (Grant)
1981 Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY. Award: Video Fellowship Award
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts. New York. (Grant)
1982 NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts: Radio, Film and TV, (Individual Artist), Washington DC.
(Grant)
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts. New York. (Grant)
WNET/Channel 13, Arts Programming for Television, (Individual Artist), New York. (Grant)
American Film and Video Festival, New York, NY. Award: Honorable Mention. (The Looking Glass)
1983 Festival de Cine y Video, San Sebastián, Spain. Award: First Prize. (Information Withheld)
1984 NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts: Radio, Film and TV, (Individual Artist), Washington. DC.
(Grant)
Media Study, Buffalo, NY. (Award)
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts, New York. (Grant)
Festival de Video de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Award: Tucano de Prata. (Shifters)
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts, New York. (Grant)
Boston Film and Video Foundation, Boston, MA. (Grant)
1985 CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts, New York. (Grant)
NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC. (Fellowship)
Rockefeller Foundation, New York. (Fellowship)
Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, (Grant)
Kaltenborn Foundation, Boston, MA. (Grant)
Athens Video Festival, Athens, OH. Award: First Prize, Athens Award. (Shifters)
Festival de Video de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Award: Tucano de Prata, Best Experimental
Program.
1986 American Film Institute, Independent Filmmaker Program. (Award)
Massachusetts Council for The Arts and Humanities, Boston, MA. (Award)
1987 NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC. (Grant)
6th Daniel Wadsworth Memorial Video Festival, Wadsworth, OH. Award: Grand Prize. (J.S. Bach)
American Film and Video Festival, New York, NY. Award: First Prize. (The Motherland)
American Film Institute & National Video Festival, Los Angeles, CA.
Athens Video Festival, Athens, OH. Award: Athens Award. (Shifters)
Athens Center for Film & Video: Ohio University, Athens, OH. Award: First Prize, Music/
Performance. (J.S. Bach)
1988 Australian Video Festival, Independent Awards, Sidney, Australia. (The Motherland) (Award)
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts, New York. (Grant)
1989 Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, Belagio, Italy. (Fellowship, Paper: ‘The Other Within’)
CAPS, Creative Artists Program Service, New York State Council of the Arts, New York. (Grant)
1990 American Film and Video Festival, New York. Award: Blue Ribbon Award (The Return of the Motherland)
1992 NEA, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC. (Grant)
1994 Ministerio de Educación, Fondart, Santiago, Chile. (Grant)
1999 Judith Rothchild Foundation, New York. (Grant)
2001 49th Venice Bienale, Plateau of Humankind, Chilean Pavillion, Venice, Italy. Award: Honorable Mention,
Excelence in Art, Science and Tecnology. (About Cages)
2004 FONDART, linea de fomento audio-visual, Santiago, Chile. (Grant)
2005 DIRAC, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Santiago, Chile. (Grant) (Juan Downey, Con energia masalla de
estos muros)
The Program for Media Artists at National Video Resources, New York. (Grant), (Hard Times and Culture,
1990).

TRIBUTES
1993 Juan Downey at The Flaherty Film Festival. Buffalo, NY. (Rewe)
Juan Downey. Casa de la Cultura, Santiago, Chile.
Juan Downey: Su Vida y Su Obra. Museo de Arte Pre-Colombino, Santiago, Chile.
Juan Downey at The Lincoln Film Festival. The Walter Reade Theatre, New York. (J.S.Bach)
Juan Downey Memorial. Image Union: WTTW/Chicago, Chicago, IL. (August 28 - September 3) (J.S.Bach, The Laughing Alligator, Chicago Boys)
Juan Downey, A Tribute. Film and Video Festival, Mill Valley, NY.
A Tribute to Juan Downey. Video Visions: 93 Meeting Points, 31st New York Film Festival, New York.
1994 Juan Downey: A Celebration. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Juan Downey. National Video Festival, 13 th American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
Juan Downey, Su Vida y Su Obra. Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
2004 A Tribute to Juan Downey. Fondo del Sol Visual Art & Media Center, Washington DC. (The Laughing
Alligator, Guahibos, The Yanomami Tapes)

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, NY.
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
The National Museum of American Art, Washington DC.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
The Library of Congress, Washington DC.
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Casa de Las Américas, La Habana, Cuba.
The Art Museum of Princeton, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Paris, France.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY.
The Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel.
CIAR., Center for Inter-American Relations Art Gallery, New York, NY.
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile.
The Kitchen, New York, NY.
Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.
Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, West Germany.
Donell Library, New York, NY.
Port Washington Library, Long Island, NY.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
New York University, Bobst Library, New York, NY.
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
Art en Resua, Paris, France.
Banco Nacional de Valencia, Seville, Spain.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Chile.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany.
The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.
The Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
The Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY.
IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Castro, Chiloé.


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