Last November, we went to the opening of the Diego Rivera murals exhibit at MoMA. The line to get into the exhibit was so long that we didn’t even get to see the art – we just stood around, drinking (free) wine and people-watching. Not so bad, especially considering the people-watching at these MoMA openings is pretty top-notch, but still kind of a let-down.1
Last Tuesday, we went to a MoMA opening and were actually able to see the art. (This is not to say that we didn’t enjoy the free wine and the people-watching. The people-watching was especially great: some guy was going around with a fake flower/tree sprouting out of his jacket shoulder.)
We saw Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, which opened to the public yesterday. It’s a collection of some interesting stuff, but the exhibit itself seems too cramped. Because so many of the pieces are so intense, I would have liked to see more white (or green, as the case may be) space between them – but pictures were stacked atop each other on the walls, and sculptures were crowded onto the same platform. Case in point: three separate sculptures/mixed media pieces are displayed on the same platform in such a way that we thought they were all part of the same work.
What I consider to be a sloppy presentation aside, there are some interesting pieces there (including something described as molted human skin), and the exhibit is worth a view.
1 We did make a return trip to see the murals!