Thursday, June 24, 2010

NYC and IMC Pt.2

The New York leg of my trip was a busy mix of museums and sights. We were on a tight schedule that was organized in minute detail and designed to extract maximum value from our rented Manhattan flat. Since brother-in-law Ryan was tagging along and staying for free, he was obligated to pose when I needed to draw...

Another museum that has to be mentioned is the Guggenheim. While I don't mean to make this blog a rant against modern art, there are some particularly rant-worthy features of this museum...


A continuous ramp winding in an upward spiral, this museum at the surface offers a fresh and updated take on the museum experience. In reality, walking uphill past pre-sized little alcoves didn't cut it. If you walk up the ramp you get tired and if you walk down it you naturally walk faster past the pieces. Each artwork is set into a little space which serves to limit the scale and viewing experience of the art. Video installations had their projector oddly placed to work with this narrow and inflexible space and the viewer constantly walked in front of the projection. I won't even delve into the single-patron washroom issue. Clearly the building is the star of the show.


Ironically the Guggenheim doesn't allow photography of the exhibits. The Met does (sans flash), so I wonder who thinks a modern video installation is more fragile than a 13th century painting. Maybe the issue is more about copyright and appropriation. Ironically again, there happened to be an exhibit of modern "appropriators"...

So I guess if I took a photo of an appropriated work and made an appropriation of the appropriation, I would be a post-appropriator. This could get complicated.

As you reach the end of your Guggenheim experience you are likely to be inspired by the great works of appropriation and eager to express your appreciation of the art at the giftshop... the only logical choice is a lego museum (0nly $40.00) "this model promotes awareness of the fascinating worlds of architecture, engineering and construction, inspiring the builders of tomorrow."


Its not about the building... really..!

Anyhow, On the the IMC!

1 comment:

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