David Ross: The Success of the Failure of Video. A presentation by Ross at the Video History: Making Connections Conference (October 16-18, 1998) at Syracuse University, and organized by the Experimental Television Center. Widely known as a champion of contemporary art, David Ross began his career as the world?s first video curator at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, where he organized pioneering media exhibitions by such groups as Raindance, the VideoFreex, the Experimental Television Center, and by such artists as Frank Gillette, Shigeko Kubota and Nam June Paik. He then served at the Long Beach Museum of Art and the University Art Museum in Berkeley where he was Chief Curator. While Director of Boston?s Institute of Contemporary Art, he co-founded the Contemporary Art Television Fund and taught at Harvard University. From 1991 until 1998 he was Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he recently curated with Peter Sellars a major retrospective of the work of Bill Viola. Ross is presently Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. David Ross will address a joint audience of the Video History Project and the Common Ground conferences. This event is co-sponsored by the Experimental Television Center, the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, and with corporate support from VidiPax.