The Emperor's Private Paradise
February 1- May 1 2011
Jennifer Steinkamp Video Installation
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
February 12 - March 12, 2011
When seemingly diverse events come together and form a connection in my mind, it's time to write a blog. The current show: The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Met and Jennifer Steinkamp's video installation, Madame Curie have something in common, but we will get to that later.
cups of wine floating down the river as poems were written.
Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe
a circular path deviates from the usual Chinese convention of straight pathways.
a series of caves, sitting areas and grottos created by the Qianlong Emperor.
P.S. It's weird. The day-long Qianlong lectures at the Met were introduced by the Director of the Museum, Thomas Campbell. He has launched a new series called Connections. Curators pick a topic, like Motherhood, choose pictures or sculptures in the museum that have to do with that theme and talk about it (on screen) in a very personal way. It's not art history speak, it's more like facebook chatter. This venerable institution, like the rest of us, seems desperate to make CONNECTIONS.