Friday, December 4, 2009

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention

"For Man Ray, a sense of otherness was deeply connected to the problem of assimilation—the wish for both “notoriety” and “oblivion”—and hence “the desire to become a tree en espalier,” a tree trained to grow into a vine that becomes entwined with others, its origins disguised. The artist’s self-consciousness was an outgrowth of his time, a period that witnessed the rise of nation-state identity and xenophobia, and an unprecedented wave of immigration, class consciousness, and anti-Semitism. His life and work powerfully reflect his contradictory need to obscure and declare himself."

(The Rope Dancer Accompanies Herself with Her Shadows, 1915–16)
 At The Jewish Museum of New York
Nov 15th - March 14, 2010


kerfuffler said...

Your posts on all the interesting exhibits make me feel a little envious at times since I don't live somewhere with the same volume of cultural offerings. But the truth is, I could really do more to get out and enjoy more events closer to home.....

I guess I just need to step away from the computer! (Except I find such amazing stuff online!)

Simone said...

I think access to the comp has broaden the possibilities of finding and deciding on what activities you want or can attend in the area you're in - I am grateful that I can surf and post prior to seeking the actual venues out...balance my friend..balance ;)

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