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By J Caldwell

The Museum of Modern Art was my first stop on my recent twenty-four hour stint in Manhattan to photograph experimental outfit Animal Collective.

Walking in to MoMA’s Marron Atrium I was immediately met by a giant, site-specific video installation piece, Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters), by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

There was also a giant couch.

Pipilotti Rist

Like Wendy pointed out in her last Nasher Museum Blog post, many museums are not inviting and much of that comes down to architecture. Almost as if they already sensed that to be the case, MoMA makes the first experience in the museum as warm an as inviting as possible.

Pipilotti Rist

From the comfort of an enormous circular “seating island” couch, complete with pillows and surrounded by shag carpeting (no shoes please), you can watch wrap-around, twenty-five-foot-high projected videos that sweetly blur the line between playfulness, absurdity, nature and connectedness. You are engulfed by the video’s soft hues and the swooping ethereal soundtrack that accompanies. Children play (PLAY!) with their parents in the center of the couch, couples hold hands and cuddle, friends laugh and discuss the video and, like me, some people just sit up and stare into the space before finally rising to see what other marvels are contained in the museum’s six floors.

Pipilotti Rist

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