In this video, on MoMA’s first floor by the escalators, a person is walking faster than an ice-cutting ship. It’s ten minutes of calm and a little suspense.
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Wolfgang Laib’s “Pollen From Hazelnut” is a huge rectangle of pollen that was meticulously sifted onto a platform in MoMA’s second floor atrium. From a distance it appears slightly convex and resembles a pincushion, or a minimalist painting too large to hang. Up close, the yellow of the pollen is compelling but not overwhelming – I’m glad I saw it but I haven’t advised friends to rush over. The pollen’s on view until March 11.
Be brave; go out and get some culture and pretend that the city’s not packed with holiday visitors.
The de Kooning retrospective at MoMA has been taken down. I’m sure they are used to visitors taking pictures of everything (and each other, standing by everything), but the guard didn’t notice me until I’d snapped a couple. “No pictures, please!” No problem, of course; I’m not stealing crating secrets. Next month, Cindy Sherman is on view.
Ceal Floyer’s “Double Act,” an artwork of projected light, is on MOMA’s first floor, at the base of the escalators. Yesterday was Matinee Day, and the museum was packed with visitors and vacationers eager to cram culture into the day, but few stepped onto the “stage.” The piece is simple but intense; as soon as someone steps into the spotlight, they’ve got your attention.
Louise Bourgeois, who died at age 98 in May, is well represented in MOMA’s “Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940′s to Now” show. According to MOMA’s website, the exhibit “presents a dozen international artists whose abstract work features idiosyncratic, organic forms, materials that appear to be malleable and pliable, craft-based techniques.” It’s not a major show, but but if you’re at the museum, have a walk through.