Friday, May 21, 2010

Maria Ambromovic

There's an incredible show up at Moma through the end of May...Maria Ambromovic, matriarch of performance art, in The Artist is Present.  Get there now.

Initially I was excited to see also the Cartier-Bresson show, but after a few hours with Maria, I found I couldn't really see anything else...Cartier-Bresson's photos just looked like static fragments, dead on the wall.  On my part, it was visual fatigue and an entirely new way of calibrating my intake of ideas, that I found hard to toggle off to ingest photography.  The emotion conveyed in the Ambromovic retrospective was so palpable - years, decades!, after it's original act, that it made me, once again, question the inherent limitations of various media.