MoMA Rehang Review (A Collage)

*Hannah Höch, Collage II (On Filet Ground) (Collage II [Auf Filetgrund]), c. 1925, on view: floor five, gallery space 509.

The MoMA shut down over the summer to build an extension. They decided they would rehang their collection when they reopened. People have opinions about it. About the rehang. The extension too, but mainly the rehang. MoMA rehung of their own volition, not because of criticism — there has long been criticism

If you live in New York you can see it for yourself, form your own opinion. If you don’t live in New York you need to read a lot to stay informed — for dinner parties and meetups with cute art students. If you don’t live in New York you rely on the various opinions of others. It’s a game of catch up, but it doesn’t matter whether you read all of it or none of it; you’re not really playing. You’re at best on the bench, at worst stuck in traffic on the way to the arena, most likely in the nosebleeds. You won’t be invited to dinner again. The art student won’t return your calls. You can never possibly know enough.

Let’s talk about Star Wars. No, Star Wars. No, Star Wars. Yeah, that’s the one. That’s the one that people hated, the one with execution problems. Let’s talk about what Star Wars could have been, if not for those who were in charge of it.

Let’s talk about MoMA again. The one that (some) people hated, the one with execution problems. Let’s talk about what MoMA could have been, if not for those (currently) in charge of it. 

But,

What is there to talk about? This medium’s one sided.

What can I do for you? What is it that you want?

If you want to understand, then go. If you can’t, you’ll never understand.

I guess I can coach you through the dinner parties, help you get a second date. But

I don’t want to.

So,

What is there to talk about?

What are either one of us doing here?

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