MOCAD lecture - what you need to know
MOCAD is finally coming...and it hopefully looks a little bit better than before.
I think that I just went though the entire 12 step program with feeling towards mocad! At first I was in denial that it was actually happening and that I was attending an actual lecture for the museum! Then as the curator continued to speak I got more and more frustrated by the artists showing and then preceding the talk the questions by the audience only fueled me more! How could the second question be "where is the museum going to be located". Why wouldn't we know this already? Why were so few informed about the lecture? Why are there no
I really feel that for the first attempt to publicly speak about mocad, they should not have thrown the out-of-state curator, who doesn't know much about
Klaus Kertess began stating that he changed the first show from a strictly painting show to an installation - mixed media show. His speech was mainly about introducing the few selected artists in the inaugural show. These artists are not no-namers; they are pretty well known contemporary artists, all in their mid 40's in age. Definitely not young fresh talent. My opinion is that they are being safe like the DIA and only putting new artists that have already been tested and approved. No real chances here! The artists all have something in common:
Now at that point I was getting upset but it was in talking to others afterward that I understand mocad's intent. They are trying to make a name for themselves and like with everything new business, money makes some of the decisions. Having a show that draws attention across the country puts more attention on the city and draws more supporters (money) to the museum. Why can't the DIA host this show? It is definitely safe enough. But getting attention for a new museum in the end is a wonderful thing. If the eyes of the art world can be on
- pronounced MOE-cad
- all mixed media - installation based
- no painting
- building is on Woodward at
- apparent themes - recycled objects, decay, race....
- all artists 40 yr. old mid career
- asked one
- Kertess quoted, "not about
- an unnamed video artist
- other curators will follow, hopefully featuring some