At the Museum: A Pilgrimage of Vanquished Objects

1989 | 00:23:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Art Criticism, Art History, Artist Spaces

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Commissioned by the Oakland Museum, this video provides an artist’s interpretation of the museum’s displays and collections. The voice of a friendly narrator enlarges the image-objects with historical and social information, while a written text provides ironic commentary. “The term curator is derived from the Latin ‘curatus’ —one responsible for the care of souls.” The daughter represented in the famous Dorthea Lange photograph of the Migrant Mother recounts the circumstance surrounding the now-celebrated photograph and how it impacted her life. Ultimately, the definition of “museum” is questioned for both what it is (cemetery) and what it is not (critique).