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Monday, March 12, 2007

One of These Exhibits Is Not Like the Others

Although "Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali" is one of those exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that would seem to deserve an exclamation point after its title, I'm more intrigued with the museum's much smaller show, "Closed Circuit: Video and New Media at the Metropolitan." (Gasp!) Yes, video art at the Met. As the NY Sun points out, the Met began collecting video art only five years ago. Here's how the NY Sun describes a piece by Lutz Bacher that I'd like to see:
[For 10 months,] a surveillance camera [was] mounted above the late art dealer Pat Hearn's desk, just after she was diagnosed with liver cancer....while I expected people to change — hairstyles, clothing — I did not count on inanimate objects having a life, too. Pictures on the wall appear and disappear; chairs arrive and leave; stacks of paper on the desk grow and then disappear.
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