Museums

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect upon entering the fourth floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art for a collaborative performance, “illlummminnnatttionnnssss!!!!!!!” (2014), by old-guard experimentalists Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine. The pair had not performed together in over four decades.

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BOSTON — Traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s collection in Miami, Permission To be Global (Prácticas Globales) — the MFA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Latin America — calls attention to globalization within the institution’s newly-refreshed Linde Family Wing.

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The English Reformation of the 1530s wasn’t just an upheaval of the country’s spirituality as the Church of England severed its Catholic ties; it disrupted whole industries. One was the alabaster sculpture business of the Midlands.

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Drones, Data, and Deletion

by Stephen Truax on April 21, 2014

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BERLIN — Two autonomous drones shaped like miniature tanks a little bigger than a kid’s Fisher-Price Power Wheels truck roam the cavernous white hall of the Berlinische Galerie. They have been programmed to sense and approach visitors.

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Mind Your Awareness

by Alicia Eler on April 14, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — As I made my way to the Hammer Museum, I was very aware of the fact that I would arrive late to the event — but something told me to go anyway.

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ARLES, France — It first looked to be cold, gray, and rainy on the first April weekend in Arles, somewhat in stride with the general dour spirit of the French these days.

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By Muriel Cooper’s hand, a charismatic, digitally transmuted Bauhaus aesthetic came to grace the covers of some of the twentieth century’s most influential scholarly books on design, architecture, economics, biology, computer science, and sociology.

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VILLEURBANNE, France — Rather than taking a neutral Warholian attitude towards art and the mass-produced, Bayrle’s is a critical practice of Pop art that closes the gap between the mass and the multitude by creating image-swarms where immanence meets excess.

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John Cage, legendary composer of experimental sounds and silence, was absolutely fascinated with mushrooms. This little-known legacy consists of his revival of the New York Mycological Society in the 1960s and his extensive fungi collection, now at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A new exhibition opened this week at the Horticultural Society of New York celebrates this overlooked side of his life.

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PARIS — In 1947, at the urging of Paris gallery owner Pierre Loeb, anguished French poet, actor, philosopher, madman, genius, playwright, and director Antonin Artaud fêted Vincent Van Gogh in a bizarre but exquisite text that rails against universal imbecility.

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