Thursday, May 08, 2008

MoMA exhibit dies five weeks into show

One of the central works in the exhibition "Design and the Elastic Mind" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (until 12 May), Victimless Leather, a small jacket made up of embryonic stem cells taken from mice, has died. The artists, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, say the work which was fed nutrients by tube, expanded too quickly and clogged its own incubation system just five weeks after the show opened.

RIP, creepy mouse-jacket.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"RIP, creepy mouse-jacket."

Ha! Good one.

"Paola Antonelli, head of MoMA’s architecture and design department and curator of the show, says she had to make the decision to turn off the life-support system for the work, basically 'killing' it.

"Ms Antonelli says the jacket 'started growing, growing, growing until it became too big. And [the artists] were back in Australia, so I had to make the decision to kill it. And you know what? I felt I could not make that decision. I’ve always been pro-choice and all of a sudden I’m here not sleeping at night about killing a coat...That thing was never alive before it was grown.'

"Catts says his intention is 'to raise questions about our exploitation of other living beings'."

Does it say anything about the NYC modern art scene that the curator of the exhibit felt the need to "kill" the art piece because it got too big? I would have let it go, just to see what happened.

Like something out of an old EC comics issue of "Weird Science."

Well, I hope the "creepy mouse-jacket" gets a decent burial, and that a Catholic priest was called in to provide the requisite blessings. This really does call for a commentary by Pat Condell, don't you think? 8^}