Everyone’s jumping on the high-speed train, oh wait, we don’t have one … everyone’s powering north in their cars on the killer Golden State Freeway. Destination, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.
The much-lauded Gertrude Stein show adds to the ever-growing dump of evidence that museum curators tend toward overly complex exhibition titles — too frequently set up with the poor bedraggled colon.
[not sure what a colon is? see illustration at right]
Let’s check out the Getty Museum, a castle of art high atop a hill, dubbed (by me) the Kingdom of the Colon. What do the Getty curator/luminaries have on offer?
- In Focus: The Sky
- Paris: Life & Luxury
- Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings
- Display and Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalog
- A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now
- Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
- La Roldana’s Saint Ginés: The Making of a Polychrome Sculpture
“In Focus: The Sky”??? Um, do ‘ya really hafta go to a museum to see that?
The Getty’s also staging Fashion in the Middle Ages, with its sad, colon-free title. Not fancy-schmancy enough, it must be a bad show. Anyway, everyone knows they dressed like schlumps in the Middle Ages.
LACMA, the people’s museum, will certainly adopt a more direct approach! Well, don’t count on it.
- Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts
- The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakui
- Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra, Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections
- and then there’s plain-old Teresa Margolles, who must surely be a boring artist.
MOCA’s hip. But the hope that hipsters will hate this horrible habit proves hapless.
- The Personal is Political: Woman Artists from the Collection
- Miranda July: Eleven Heavy Things
- George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown)
- Common Objects: Pop Art from the Collection
The colonitis epidemic has even spread to proper, polite Pasadena. There the Norton Simon pitches in its own double dots:
- Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties
- Where Arts Meets Science: Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu-Buddhist World
At the Norton Simon, you may also register for the adult education class “Old Master Materials and Techniques: What Lies Beneath.” Next semester they will offer, “What Lies Beneath: Old Master Materials and Techniques.”
Meanwhile back in SF, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a museum about contemporary Jews (which ya’d think would preclude Gerty and Alice B.) offers its own Stein display, Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories.
Now, personally, I don’t wanna traipse up and down five stories just to see Gertrude Stein, who’s usually sitting on her duff. So I’ll give that a miss.
What we have here is a lack of punctuation compunction. Ms. Stein herself would get a sore tuchas from the colon overload. Listen up.
arts·meme thanks nancy wozny, dancehunter, for sharing the marvelous stein recording