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The Network

Lincoln Schatz, born 9 Dec 1963
Haley Barbour, born 22 Oct 1974
Robert B. Barnett, born 26 Aug 1946
Xavier Becerra, born 26 Jan 1958
Robert Stephen Bennett, born 2 Aug 1939
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 18 Sept 1940 - 9 Sep 2014
William Joseph Bratton, born 6 Oct 1947
Brauchli Marcus Walker, born 19 Jun 1961
Brownstein Norman, born 23 May 1943
Eric Ivan Cantor, born 6 Jun 1963
James Carney, born 22 May 1965
Stephen M. Case, born 21 Aug 1958
Vinton Gray Cerf, born 23 Jun 1943
Peter W. Chiarelli, born 23 Mar 1950
Aneesh Paul Chopra, born 13 Jul 1972
Steven Chu, born 28 Feb 1948
G. Wayne Clough, born 24 Sept 1941
Francis Collins, born 14 Apr 1950
Thomas A. Daschle, born 9 Dec 1947
Dempsey E. Martin, born 1952
Thomas J. Donohue, born 12 Aug 1938
Shaun L. Donovan, born 24 Jan 1966
Beth Dozoretz, born c. 1952
Regina E. Dugan, born 19 Mar 1963
Donna F. Edwards, born 28 Jun 1958
Anthony Stephen Fauci, born 12 Dec 1940
Michèle A. Flournoy, born 14 Dec 1961
Barney Frank, born 31 Mar 1940
Julius Genachowski, born 19 Aug 1962
David Richmond Gergen, born 9 May 1942
W. Scott Gould, born 19 Jul 1957
Lanny Griffith, born 13 Aug 1951
E. J. Holland Jr., born 19 Apr 1943
Lisa Perez Jackson, born 8 Feb 1962
Vernon E. Jordan Jr., born 15 Aug 1935
Michael M. Kaiser, born 27 Oct 1953
David A. Keene, born 20 May 1945
Richard Gil Kerlikowske, born 1949
Ray H. LaHood, born 6 Dec 1945
Rocco Landesman, born 20 Jun 1947
James A. Leach, born 15 Oct 1942
Theodore Leonsis, born 8 Jan 1965
Peter L. Levin, born 1961
Judith L. Lichtman
Jane Lubchenco, born 4 Dec 1947
Mohamed Magid, born 1965
Marcia Kemper McNutt, born 19 Feb 1952
Ellen S. Miller
George Miller III, born 17 May 1945
George Mitchell, born 20 Aug 1933
Cecilia Muñoz, born 27 Jul 1962
Janet Ann Napolitano, born 29 Nov 1957
Thomas R. Nides, born 1958/1959
Grover Glenn Norquist, born 19 Oct 1956
Sandra Day O'Connor, born 26 Mar 1930
Raymond T. Odierno, born 1954
Farah Anwar Pandith, born 13 Jan 1968
Nancy Patricia Pelosi, born 26 Mar 1940
John David Podesta, born 8 Jan 1949
Stephen W. Porter
Martha Raddatz, born 14 Feb 1953
Addison Barry Rand, born 5 Nov 1944
John Francis Reed, born 12 Nov 1949
Corinne Boggs Roberts, 27 Dec 1943 - 17 Sep 2019
Alec Ross, born 30 Nov 1971
Peter M. Rouse, born 15 Apr 1946
Karl Christian Rove, born 25 Dec 1950
Mera Rubell, born 1943
Stephanie Schriock, born 1973
Lawrence Schuette
Kathleen Sebelius, born 15 May 1948
Sonal Shah, born 20 May 1968
James H. Shelton III
Peter Warren Singer, born 1974
Hilda Lucia Solis, born 20 Oct 1957
Joe Solmonese
Gene B. Sperling, born 1958
Kathy Stack
John Paul Stevens, 20 Apr 1920 - 16 Jul 2019
Steve Stivers, born 24 Mar 1965
Geoffrey R. Stone, born 1946
Dan M. Tangherlini, born 1967
David Stephen Tatel, born 16 Mar 1942
Laurence Tribe, born 10 Oct 1941
Richard Trumka, born 24 Jun 1949
Denis Van Roekel
Harold Varmus, born 18 Dec 1939
Melanie Verveer, born 24 Jun 1944
Michael G. Vickers, born 1953
Diane Pamela Wood, born 4 Jul 1950
Time-Based Media
Digital generative video (color, sound); screen
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Lincoln Schatz
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Dubbed by artist Lincoln Schatz as "a group portrait capturing a moment in time," The Network captures in video the voices and images of eighty-nine people, many of whom are today’s national leaders. We find perspectives from both sides of the aisle, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and John Paul Stevens; and political advisors Vernon Jordan and Karl Rove.
Based on forty-five-minute interviews that the artist conducted with each sitter, the generative video uses software to constantly recombine the comments by topic. In this fashion, The Network testifies to the strength and nuance of the interconnections and common concerns that link the individuals who shape the political culture and agenda of the nation today.
The professional titles reflect each sitter’s position when he or she sat for Lincoln Schatz. Prior professional occupations may be found in the accompanying publication.
The Interviewees
Haley Barbour, former governor, Mississippi
Robert Barnett, senior partner, Williams & Connolly
Xavier Becerra, U.S. congressman (D-CA)
Bob Bennett, partner at Hogan Lovells
Tom Boggs, lobbyist; partner at Patton Boggs
Bill Bratton, chairman, Kroll
Marcus Brauchli, executive editor, Washington Post
Norm Brownstein, lobbyist; chairman of the board, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck
Eric Cantor, U.S. congressman (R-VA); House majority leader
Jay Carney, White House press secretary
Steve Case, chairman/CEO, Revolution; chairman, Case Foundation
Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist, Google
Peter Chiarelli, CEO, One Mind for Research
Aneesh Chopra, White House chief technology officer
Steven Chu, secretary, Department of Energy
Wayne Clough, secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Francis Collins, director, National Institutes of Health
Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor, DLA Piper
Martin Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Tom Donohue, president/CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Shaun Donovan, secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Beth Dozoretz, director, Art in Embassies
Regina Dugan, director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Donna Edwards, U.S. congresswoman (D-MD)
Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Michèle Flournoy, under secretary, Department of Defense
Barney Frank, U.S. congressman (D-MA)
Julius Genachowski, chairman, Federal Communications Commission
David Gergen, senior political analyst, CNN; professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Scott Gould, deputy secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs
Lanny Griffith, lobbyist and CEO, BGR Group
E. J. Holland Jr., assistant secretary for administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Lisa P. Jackson, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Vernon Jordan, investment banker; senior counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Michael Kaiser, president, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
David Keene, president, National Rifle Association
Gil Kerlikowske, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Ray LaHood, secretary, Department of Transportation
Rocco Landesman, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jim Leach, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
Ted Leonsis, owner, Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center
Peter Levin, chief technology officer, Department of Veterans Affairs
Judith Lichtman, senior advisor, National Partnership for Women and Families
Jane Lubchenco, under secretary, Department of Commerce; administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mohamed Magid, president, Islamic Society of North America
Marcia McNutt, director, U.S. Geological Survey
Ellen Miller, co-founder/executive director, Sunlight Foundation
George Miller III, U.S. congressman (D-CA)
George Mitchell, chairman emeritus, DLA Piper
Cecilia Muñoz, director, White House Domestic Policy Council
Janet Napolitano, secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Tom Nides, deputy secretary, Department of State
Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
Sandra Day O'Connor, retired U.S. Supreme Court justice
Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff, U.S. Army
Farah Pandith, special representative to Muslim communities, Department of State
Nancy Pelosi, U.S. congresswoman (D-CA); House minority leader
John Podesta, chair/counselor, Center for American Progress
Stephen Porter, senior counsel, Arnold & Porter
Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News
Addison Barry Rand, CEO, AARP
Jack Reed, U.S. senator (D-RI)
Cokie Roberts, author; political commentator, ABC News and NPR
Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation, Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Peter Rouse, counselor to President Barack Obama
Karl Rove, columnist, Wall Street Journal; analyst, Fox News
Mera Rubell, art collector; hotelier; co-founder, Rubell Family Collection
Stephanie Schriock, president, Emily’s List
Larry Schuette, director of innovation, Office of Naval Research
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Sonal Shah, director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, White House
James Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, Department of Education
Peter Warren Singer, senior fellow; director, 21st Century Defense Initiative, Brookings Institution
Hilda Solis, secretary, Department of Labor
Joe Solmonese, president, Human Rights Campaign
Gene Sperling, director, National Economic Council
Kathy Stack, deputy associate director for education and human resources, Office of Management and Budget
John Stevens, retired U.S. Supreme Court justice
Steve Stivers, U.S. congressman (R-OH)
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service professor of law, University of Chicago Law School
Dan Tangherlini, assistant secretary for management/CFO/chief performance officer, Department of the Treasury
David Tatel, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Laurence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University professor, Harvard Law School
Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO
Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association
Harold Varmus, director, National Cancer Institute
Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, Department of State
Mike Vickers, under secretary for intelligence, Department of Defense
Diane Wood, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
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