blues for moca
Post #439 • December 28, 2004, 9:48 AM • 23 Comments
Some exhibitions possess so little life that they all but fall out of your head after viewing them. Case in point: John Espinoza at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Only one piece made any impression, the one that lends the title of the exhibition: Standing Still While We Move Across Land, in which sculptures of flourescent birds seem to be shooting yellow beams out of their mouths to form a starburst. No need to draw this out - the rest of the show qualifies as high-school level collage, maximally unremarkable and insipid.
MoCA is also presenting "CUT/Film as Found Object." Earlier this year I vacationed in Washington D.C. I saw a Douglas Gordon show at the Hirschorn after a trek through the National Gallery, where I saw more Mary Cassats than I had ever seen and admired them with new enthusiasm. I noted to myself bitterly that while I would never see a Cassatt exhibition in Miami, the tastes of our local curators made the prospect of a Douglas Gordon show probable, if not inevitable. At the time I was just feeling cynical, but as fate would have it, I walked into "CUT" and sure enough, the first room featured Douglas Gordon's 24-Hour Psycho. My stomach did a backflip, and I disqualified myself from reviewing this show. You might like it; me, I couldn't enjoy watching my cynical notions get played out in real life.