Friday Nights at Guitar Center

This looped video explores the impromptu in-store performances of predominately male customers at a musical instrument store. The artist examines issues of loneliness, the fantasy of rock stardom, the packaging and stereotyping of identities that American chain stores perpetuate, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability. Kaufman is a photographer and video artist living in New York City. She received a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards and grants, including her recent fellowship at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Kaufman is currently an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.