(Taken off ArtNet as photography was not allowed)
There were so many other amazing works on display and spending an entire day there wasn't enough. Here are a few highlights...
My favorite exhibition was Sanja Ivecović's "Sweet Violence". She is a feminist, activist, and video pioneer from Croatia who became known during the 70's. This is her first museum exhibition in the U.S. and it spans four decades of her work. She introduced me to the fact that the U.S. is one of only eight countries left in the world who have yet to adopt CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The other countries not participating are Iran, Nauru, Palau, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan and Tonga. Among many other issues relating to equality for women it affirms the reproductive rights of women, which is something the U.S. is definitely behind on (please note CEDAW is abortion neutral, but promotes access to family planning).
The performance captured on video titled "Practice Makes a Master", was very powerful. It showed a woman on a stage in black dress and shoes with a white bag over her head falling over in violent reactions to an invisible assailant while a spotlight switches on and off. This was set to Marylin Monroe singing a sensual tune from the movie "Bus Stop", slowed down to where it eventually sounds like a man's voice at the end of the film. It had a Lynchian feel with a very direct message about the rehearsal of violence and psychological savagery.
This piece was not in the show, but I think it's brilliant. Eve’s Game, 2009
I was also happy to see some of Hannah Wilke's pieces including these...
The incredible sand filled nylons of Senga Nengudi.
Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. I, 1977
There was plenty of fabulous photography as well...
Two pieces from Ai Wei Wei's Study in Perspective, 1995-2003.
1. Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City
2. Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City
3. Rise and Monty Kissing, New York City
And an entire Eugene Atget Exhibit. I loved this one of a prostitute. I would definitely sport those leather boots with knee socks and giant mink.
I checked out the last day of the H.R. Geiger retrospective today and found out there is a Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Hamburg Art Hall. More to come...