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Exhibition Review: Delirious at the Met Breuer

Exhibition Review: Delirious at the Met Breuer

The Met Breuer is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's home for modern and contemporary works/exhibitions. In the building originally owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Met Breuer opened in 2016, and has since been presenting ever-changing exhibitions (all from the Met's collection).

I specifically visited the museum to check out Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason. The exhibition featured works from between 1950 and 1980, years that were often marked by political and social unrest. Globally, as military and political conflict ensued, many artists responded with disillusionment towards society. This resulted in a rejection of rationality, and artists incorporated absurdity, repetition, an disorientation to their works  (I do wonder where movements like Dadaism would fit in this exhibition's narrative).

This exhibition explored themes such as excess, nonsense, and depictions of the body as a reflection and critique of society. I really enjoyed the exhibition and thought the selected artworks highlighted the themes very well. I also loved that many of the artists were Latin-American and that many female artists were presented throughout the exhibition. There was a nice inclusion of Brazilian artists, many of whom were apart of the neo-concrete movement (I actually viewed an exhibit on this movement at the Met Breuer a year ago, and it was nice to see curators continue to delve into art movements often considered periphery to the canon). I genuinely discovered a lot of artists I did not know about, which was a great change from the typical "big-name artists only" exhibits often put on by major museums. Still, work from globally-renowned artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Bruce Nauman, and Sol LeWitt were presented.

A lot of the pieces were aesthetically stimulating and quite photogenic. Many of the works were meant to fascinate—whether through their insane repetition, chaotic appearance, or confusing structures. There were all types of mediums included, but because the exhibition was not too large (in my subjective opinion), it did not feel overwhelming. In fact, I probably would have loved to see even more works of art added to the exhibit, but maybe I'm just asking for too much. I've included some of my favorite works below. They will be on view until January 14, 2018. 

 Left to right: Ivan Serpa,  Resulting Rhythms . Gego,  Square Reticul  área 71/6 . Dean Fleming,  Snap Roll

Left to right: Ivan Serpa, Resulting Rhythms. Gego, Square Reticulárea 71/6. Dean Fleming, Snap Roll

 Ana Mendieta,  Untitled (Glass on   Body Imprints—Face)

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints—Face)

 Abraham Palatnik,  Untitled

Abraham Palatnik, Untitled

 Bruce Nauman,  Human Nature/Life Death

Bruce Nauman, Human Nature/Life Death

 Left to right: Larry Bell,  Untitled . Ruth Volmer,  Steiner Surface .

Left to right: Larry Bell, Untitled. Ruth Volmer, Steiner Surface.

 Howardena Pindell,  Untitled #87b

Howardena Pindell, Untitled #87b

 Regina Boat,  Cord Painting 15

Regina Boat, Cord Painting 15

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