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Dennis Oppenheim

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From: Deb Mortl (dmortl_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 14:22:43 PST


Was Dennis Oppenheim the artist who did the "Magic Theatre" at the Milwaukee
Art Museum? It was a room of lights and mirrors that looked like it went on
forever....

>Dennis Oppenheim's an excellent artist who's made some very powerful,
>personal, sculpture--one I remember seeing shocked everyone who saw it.
>There was a little figure--about half-size human with a bronze head seated
>on a platform facing a large bell like the liberty bell. Perfectly still
>until suddenly it slid along a rail toward the bell and banged its head
>violently into it. The combined movement plus sound had viewers up in
>alarm. I think the title was "Born to Raise Hell" after the motto of a
>murderer who had been recently apprehended.
>
>All this is to make me wonder why something as innocuous as a blue shirt?
>Hard to believe he'd let it go at just that!
>
>best wishes,
>joseph

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