Daily Archives: September 10, 2009

Art and the Elastic Museum

Pipilotti Rists' "Pour Your Body In" Installation at MOMA

Pipilotti Rists' "Pour Your Body In" Installation at MOMA

At some point in MOMA’s history the museum’s curators had to decide whether to historicize the 20th Century avant-garde that it sought to promote in the fields of art architecture and design, or to keep pace with (or one step ahead of) artistic and creative production and remain a laboratory for the exploration of contemporary art and design. Recent shows like Pipilotti Rist’s iconic and immersive video panorama and forward looking exhibitions like Design and The Elastic Mind have shown that MOMA continues to shape the way we explore and experience emerging artistic expression and design practice. No longer a novelty, the digital mediums have changed the shape of the museum, its archtecture, the way it collects, the way it exhibits, and the way museumgoers interact with the work, the artists and each other. Long gone are they days of quiet aesthetic appreciation fine art in austere white walled galleries. For several months, Rist’s installation in the museum’s atrium created a casual lounge atmosphere, a place to relax and soak up the ambience with your kids crawling around on a giant upholstery doughnut.

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