Issue

3.20 / Dress Rehearsal

August 2 2012

Introduction

August 2, 2012. In her preview of the performances for Stage Presence, Shannon Jackson poses questions about the spatial and temporal conditions, viewing relations, and institutional parameters an audience might encounter in a live performance series at a museum and the relevance of reflecting on such a series in a review format. These questions prompted us in turn to consider how a review constructs and restricts the conditions for viewing. The art critc Michael Newman asserts that our “inventive task” is to convert the experience of a work of art “into one with value for those with other perspectives, in the present.” And so this issue, while overtly emphasizing two institutions and three exhibitions, is a case study in creating that value through recurring encounters with portraiture, representation, theatricality, performance, staging, politics, activism, and history. By limiting the subjects under consideration in the reviews and shotguns, we're inviting you not only to absorb multiple perspectives but join us in an expanded sense of viewing. Enjoy - PM

Features

A Quinquennial and Two Biennials

A Quinquennial and Two Biennials

By Leigh Markopoulos

Christov-Bakargiev has referenced a dance when talking about the pace and trajectory of her exhibition, but its effect was rather of some vast, improvised choral work, for a dance implies a single partnership, and this show illuminated many.

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Interview with Mika Tajima

Interview with Mika Tajima

By Bad at Sports

There's so many ways that this project can exist, and a lot of it is to show how some things are foregrounded and some are pushed into the background. There's a constant shifting of where you should actually look.

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