MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch reflects on Boston violence

We enjoyed briefly chatting with MOCA‘s Jeffrey Deitch at a press preview of the colorful Urs Fischer installation in the museum’s main building on Bunker Hill. The exhibit extends at a second MOCA facility, the Temporary Contemporary in Little Tokyo. 2013-04-23-HP_6_fischer img-urs-fischer-1_181812220659

The colorful scene is from the whimsical yet melancholic installation at MOCA by Swiss born artist Urs Fischer, pictured above. The day of our visit still top of our minds was the horrific outbreak of violence at the Boston Marathon. Chatting with MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, we asked how he believed the ambitious “crazy world” art show would affect museum visitors, following so closely in the heels of the crazy drama we just endured in our nation.jeffrey.deitch

“I believe in the power of art to bring people together, ” Deitch said, then queried, “What can I personally do for Chechnya?”

In answer to his own question, he continued, “What I can do is to promote art as a means of intercultural communication. Art is an international language. You don’t need a translator. It’s universal.”

Referring to Fischer’s work, Deitch said, “Life is not shut out in his universe. There is decay and rebirth. There is the creeping decay of skeletons. But … there is fresh bread in the bread house!”

Urs Fischer | Museum of Contemporary Art | thru August 2013

 
photo: thank you, edward goldman, kcrw art talk, the huffington post
image courtesy urs fischer, museum of contemporary art

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