A New Yorker returns: MoMA and Walter Foods in Williamsburg
MoMA was buzzing yesterday. We went to see the Vik Muniz Artist’s Choice exhibit. Artist’s Choice is a program at the Modern that allows an artist to take on the role of curator and select works from the museum’s collection for an exhibit. Muniz chose the organizing principle of a rebus– ” a puzzle in which unrelated visual and linguistic elements create a larger deductive meaning,” according the MoMA brochure.
Over 80 works by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, William Wegman, Tony Oursler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Martin Kippenberger, John Baldessari, Nan Goldin, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Eugène Atget, Massimo Vignelli, Dieter Rams, Edward Ruscha, Sigmar Polke and others are included.
Later on, it was off to Williamsburg for dinner at Walter Foods– a deliberately anti-Oscar activity. It was empty when we arrived around 7:30 PM, but diners slowly trickled in, other Academy Awards ignore-ers that seemed to share a bond of cheery indifference for the glitzy trappings of Tinseltown, and when we left almost three hours later the place was about 3/4 full.
For those of like minds when it comes to awards shows, Meghan Daum, one of the very few reasons remaining to read the LA Times, weighs in with her anti-Oscars lifestyle.
Photo: Walter Foods, Williamsburg; by CP