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by Claire Ruud

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      Jorge Macchi with David Oubinam, Zeno’s Arrow, 1992
      DVD Still
      Collection of the Blanton Museum of Art

      After reading Andrea Guinta’s review of Jorge Macchi: The Anatomy of Melancholy, I returned to the Blanton to see the show for a third time. Macchi has said that the city of Buenos Aires is his muse; his use of the city—through maps, newspaper clippings and snapshots—make this statement literal. However, as Guinta conveys, the delicacy of Macchi's work, his sense of timing and his engagement with music—both written and performed—make his treatment of the city and the themes he finds there particularly bewitching.

      Another highlight of the past two weeks was a visit to Ivan Lozano’s Fantasy Vision Meditation (In Color), a multimedia video installation at MASS Gallery, which is reviewed by Andy Campbell in this issue. In his review, Andy captures what I found so compelling about the installation, namely Ivan’s ability to evoke the complicated mixture of nostalgia, grief and exhilaration now associated with late 1970s gay culture. In Fantasy Vision Meditation (In Color), Ivan memorializes an era—West Coast gay disco culture of the late 1970s and the impending AIDS crisis—to resurrect these moments both for himself and for a generation of viewers too young to have lived through them. In so doing, Ivan raises the question: How can contemporary queer communities engage with the forgotten—or possibly suppressed—histories of their predecessors?

      I also attended the opening of Austin Museum of Art’s New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch this past weekend, and I’m looking forward to sharing my reflections on the show in the next issue of …might be good. Our next issue will also include a review of Montage: Unmonumental Online (February 16 – March 30, 2008), the final installment of the New Museum’s Unmonumental exhibition, by Lyra Kilston. In addition, Lyra will host a roundtable discussion with a number of young New York artists about Unmonumental, which takes place at the New Museum’s decidedly monumental new building on the Bowery.

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