Félix González-Torres’s Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform) as Countermonument

“Now there is one thing I can tell you: you will enjoy certain pleasures you would not fathom now. When you still had your mother you often thought of the days when you would have her no longer. Now you will often think of days past when you had her. When you are used to… Read More Félix González-Torres’s Untitled (Go-Go Dancing Platform) as Countermonument

The Artist’s Memory: Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective at MoMA PS1

In an essay on ‘The Allegories of Love,’ T.J. Clark observes that one of the great achievements of Veronese is a “unique completeness of empathy with the figures he paints, so that one feels him almost physically entering into them, male or female, and deploying their weight and balance as if from the inside” (London… Read More The Artist’s Memory: Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective at MoMA PS1

Animality & Tragic Affirmation in Picasso’s ‘The Three Dancers’

There is no outside to which we can consign wildness, no door to slam shut against the inevitability of otherness. Picasso’s three figures materialize from the shards of a room whose surfaces disrupt them, their joined hands uniting them in a circle that drives the viewer’s eye in a tangled continuum. As they participate in… Read More Animality & Tragic Affirmation in Picasso’s ‘The Three Dancers’

Ten Thousand Waves: Isaac Julien at MoMA

Disembodied whispers circle MoMA’s atrium and land on one of the nine suspended screens, murmuring: “all dreams are not your dreams. All desires are not your desires.” Isaac Julien’s piece is an immersive sound and image constellation, aptly entitled Ten Thousand Waves; inspired by the desolate beach that tragically swallowed twenty Chinese migrant cockleshell pickers… Read More Ten Thousand Waves: Isaac Julien at MoMA

You Are Standing in an Open Field: Memory, Loss, and Digital Immortality

“As you look at the screen, it is possible to believe you are looking into eternity,” proclaims a video installation in Jon Rafman’s You Are Standing In An Open Field, “You do not move your eyes from the screen. You have become invisible.” Melting into the narrator, we—the viewers, the voyeurs—find ourselves growing transparent, our… Read More You Are Standing in an Open Field: Memory, Loss, and Digital Immortality

Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present

Performance artist Marina Abramovic’s retrospective, entitled “The Artist is Present,” appeared at the MoMA in the Spring of 2010. In addition to a re-staging of many of her older works, Abramovic debuted what the museum called a new solo performance—though the term “solo” fails to encompass the breadth of the work, and “performance” also does… Read More Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present