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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

MoMA Part 3 - The Cutting Edge

This is an installation piece that "documents the intangible art of performance." The work is by Tehching Hsieh. Hsieh built this cage out of bamboo, and spent a entire year locked up inside. A black and white photograph was taken of him wearing his prison suit every day over the 365 days to record his progressive appearance. He began clean-shaven and and without hair and ended up with a large beard and full crop of hair.

The photos are displayed serially in the MoMA media gallery on the 2nd floor. An affidavit from a lawyer is displayed that certifies that Hsieh remained locked in the cage for the entire time as well as the schedule of "visiting hours" in the original gallery for when the public was allowed to observe Hsieh in his cage. The work is titled "One Year Performance" and occurred over 12 months from 1978 to 1979.


"Penis Hat"


Three views of something...


Middlemen 2001 (excerpt)

A discrete installation by Aernout Mik (Dutch, b. 1962). His work encompasses motion picture, sculpture, architecture, performance, and social commentary—interrogates the nature of reality and subverts the traditional relationship between viewer and viewed.