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installation art

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mike
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 10:02:37 +0100

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>Emily,
>
>I'm sorry I don't have current exhibition info for you, but a year or so
ago
>the Weisman Art Museum at the Univ of MN campus had an installation...
about the
>same time they had their Robert Indiana show... but I don't remember the
>artist. It was the cleverness, humor and nostalgia in the piece that
impressed me.
>The work was a replication of an older apartment building lobby and hallway
>and as you walked down the hall, your weight triggered something in front
of each
>door. This "trigger" (like the thing that opens the grocery store doors)
>under the floor material would set off a sound... one "apartment" triggered
a dog
>bark, another triggered a phone ringing, still another triggered a
phonograph,
>etc. The many reactions people had that were triggered by the triggers were
>part of the "art" for me. Maybe I just don't get out much, but I never
heard dogs
>barking in a museum before!
>
>I guess I never defined "installation" in my own terms before, but I think
>this piece qualifies. Sorry I can't provide more particulars about who
made it and >when, but a call to the museum might get you what you're
looking for, or even >literature about it?
>
>Margaret G.

Margaret:

I believe you're talking about Edward Keinholz. I haven't seen the piece at
the Weisman, myself, although I'm familiar with his work through
reproductions in art history texts. I also seem to remember reading about a
retrospective exhibition of Keinholz in LA. There is a biography about him
at:

http://www.fi.muni.cz/~toms/PopArt/Biographies/kienholz.html

Hope this helps.

Mike

Mike Willis
Curator of Education
ExhibitsUSA


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