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.
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.
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.
One exhibition that I saw back in 1992 still resonates, both literally and figuratively, for me today: Ilya Kabakovs Incident at the Museum or Water Music at the Ronald Feldman Gallery.
ANTONIO MANUEL: I WANT TO ACT, NOT REPRESENT!
By Claudia Calirman
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).
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
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.