#MuseumWeek 2016 has begun! Follow @museummodernart on Twitter for stories, photos, and videos all week long. Today’s theme is #SecretsMW, so we’re sharing some of our favorite lesser-known spots in the museum. Click through the slideshow to discover these gems.
1. In the education building you’ll find a wall of Andy Warhol’s Cow Wallpaper that’s perfect for photo ops.
On View at the AMAM: Perhaps Jenny Holzer’s most accessible work, the Living Series focuses on life and the
human condition. This emphasis on subject matter related to everyday life
reflected Holzer’s belief that “if you want to reach a general audience, it’s
not art issues that are going to compel them to stop on the way to lunch, it
has to be life issues.” In the Living Series, Holzer focuses on
building suspenseful narratives more than on perfecting brief biting
statements. Holzer explains, “for the Living Series, I went to a moderate
voice and temperate language because I thought this would match the subject:
everyday events that just happened to have some kink in them. The writing
described these events and then offered an absurdity or some sociopolitical
Holzer’s use of conceptual dichotomies in the Living Series enabled her to call mass culture and its messages
into question. For instance, we associate plaques with official statements, yet
the text of the Living Series does
not demand much authority at all. She juxtaposes the durability of a bronze
sign with descriptions of fleeting moments and the fragility of life. While
plaques often commemorate events or people, the statements on the Living Series plaques often express
regret or a wish to forget, while in the case of the work at the AMAM, the
plaque does not commemorate the past but rather predicts an unsettling future.
Image: Jenny Holzer (American, b. 1950) and Peter Nadin(English, b. 1954) Untitled, from the Living Series, 1982
Cast bronze with dark brown patination
Friends of Art Endowment Fund, 1982.100