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Our understanding of the art of the near and distant past is now bound up with the ways we deploy and respond to an array of replicas and re-enactment.

Bern 1969 /Venice 2013

The experience of working in Venice last May for the recreation of When Attitudes Become Form was not quite as uncertain as during the run-up to the original exhibition in Bern.

PLACES WITH A PAST
New Site-Specific Art in Charleston Belongs to its Place and Time

Place: Charleston. In 1958 Gian Carlo Menotti founded the Spoleto Festival in the medieval Italian hill town of Spoleto. In 1977 he moved the festival to the no less picturesque and pedestrian-friendly but even more hospitable South Carolina port city. Charleston is inviting. It breathes history.

Recollection of an “Incident”

One exhibition that I saw back in 1992 still resonates, both literally and figuratively, for me today: Ilya Kabakov’s Incident at the Museum or Water Music at the Ronald Feldman Gallery.

ANTONIO MANUEL: I WANT TO ACT, NOT REPRESENT!
The Re-Enactment of Historical Works from the Late 1960s and Early 1970s

The issue of re-staging historical works and actions became a sticking point when Gabriela Rangel and I co-curated the exhibition Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! at the Americas Society (September – December 2011).

Re: From LAWRENCE WEINER STUDIO

DEAR MARCIA VETROCQ. REGARDING: REPLAY THE ATTITUDES EXHIBITION I WAS MOST IMPRESSED BY THE CARE & ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE WORKS & THE ATTEMPT TO RE-CREATE A PHYSICAL MISE-EN-SCENE WITHIN THE AMBIANCE OF THE ORIGINAL INSTALLATION

Reinstallation and the Real

Without the copy, the “original” could scarcely be conceived. After all, it was the centuries-long education from copies that impelled Pliny to sigh over the Greek-made/Roman-commissioned Laocoön as “a work to be preferred to all others.”

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