Where's Art? with Annie Dugan: "we have to have delight" - like penguins in Caravaggio

May 18, 2020


While some artists and galleries are trying to adapt their work to an online platform, others are actually designed for it.  For instance, this exhibit, SURPRISINGLY THIS RATHER WORKS, the first in the König Galerie's virtual space, König Digital. (Oh, and you access the exhibition through an app!)

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Along the same lines, Rhizome is a space designed for digital art.  Not only will your pre-COVID-19 viewing experience be exactly the same now, Rhizome emphasizes the role of the viewer in the final work of art.

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Something Happens When You Fall Two artworks that ask the question: What world will we find on the other side of this?

‘I began to think,’’ Caroline wrote, ‘‘that our past life has maybe been as futile as chasing butterflies. I also felt, in a weird way, that Gainsborough’s children were trapped, stuck within a frame on the wall of the gallery, and only our gaze could set them free. What I’m trying to say, I guess, is that pictures only function when there are people to look at them. Otherwise, they hang somewhere in limbo, purposeless and a little lost.’’

Humbolt penguins Bubbles (age five), Maggie (seven) and Berkley (eight) from the Kansas City Zoo were invited to the Nelson-Atkins Museum for a private tour. The executive director reports they seemed to prefer Caravaggio to Monet.
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Meanwhile, if art truly is completed by the viewing experience, it would be interesting to know more about Bubbles, Maggie, and Berkley's recent experience at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.  Reported to be their first time in an art gallery, the three Humbolt penguins were invited on a private tour of the museum and you can see more photos and watch the video here.