This week the Whitney unveils There’s So Much I Want to Say About You, a showcase by New York-based artist Sharon Hayes that devotes the museum’s entire third floor to her pieces about political protest in the twentieth century.
Those wondering what’s next after the Whitney Biennial can wonder no more—the museum’s recently released schedule of upcoming exhibitions reveals that many film and video projects will be on offer. A standout among them is German-American artist Oskar Fischinger’s multi-screen projection Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), first shown in Germany in 1926.
The fact that I didn’t have cable growing up in the ’80s didn’t stop MTV from pervading my world with its panache. These days, desperate to build a similar profile in the minds of Millennials, the network plans to juxtapose episodes of Jersey Shore and I Just Want My Pants Back with its revolutionary roots by bringing back Art Breaks.
One of the most talked-about and compelling works at the New Museum’s triennial, The Ungovernables, is Hassan Khan’s video Jewel, a masterful combination of sound and moving image. In the main portion of the video, a fast-paced Shaabi soundtrack (created by the artist) accompanies two men engaged in choreographed dance.
I’ve long been a fan of ArtBabble.org for their great aggregated art video content. I congratulate them on picking up the Tang Museum (Skidmore College’s museum in Saratoga Springs, NY) and Museo del Prado (Madrid’s home of Las Meninas). As their range of contributing museums grows internationally, their aspirations parallel (not really) those of the builders of the Biblical Tower of Babel. Contrary to popular belief, the word “babble” is not traceable to the biblical Babel, whose destruction supposedly resulted in the creation of the planet’s many languages.