Monthly Archives: November 2009

Pop Surrealism at the MOMA NY.

Starting today, MOMA New York is presenting a retrospective of Hollywood director Tim Burton’s work. Going beyond his well-known films, "this exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Beetlejuice, and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer working in the spirit of Pop Surrealism."

Non Zero SUm

In this uplifting Ted talk, journalist and author Robert Wright posits that, contrary to what natural selection would seem to dictate, biological and cultural evolution actually rewards cooperation. In a globally networked society, the welfare of others is positively correlated with our own self-interest. As we become more interconnected, we become more interdependent and the well-being of the whole gives rise to the well-being of the individual. This he calls "non zero sum."

1,600 wooden chairs

Colombian-born sculptor Doris Salcedo’s work addresses the question of memory and forgetting. For the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, her installation featured 1,600 wooden chairs stacked precariously in the space between two buildings.