Saturday, April 20, 2024

How to erase history or, Mass MoCA deserves to be scathed

Mass MoCA’s banner describing Christoph Büchel installation project (Ca.2007)

The NY Times’ Robin Pogrebin pens a glowing recap of Mass MoCA director Joe Thompson, and the amount of good he did for the institution, the community, and the art world. I’m curious why she fails to mention that it was Thompson who initiated and strategized the first lawsuit by an art institution against a visual artist, (Christoph Büchel), seeking to exhibit the artist’s work without his permission?

If you need a reminder, here’s Roberta Smith, also of the NY Times, elaborating in 2007 why she thought Mass MoCA had erred: “The museum deserves to be scathed.”


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