Big Apple Artbeat


For internationally acclaimed, Hoosick Falls-based, language/text-artist Jenny Holzer, the message is the medium. Or the message is the media. Or the media is the medium. Or…

Her recent “Projections” made the most of the mammoth Building 5 gallery space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. during its year-long stay (2007-2008), and her current major exhibition, “Protect Protect,” is on view through Sunday, May 31 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, so you’ve still got time to catch it.

In her New York Times review of “Protect Protect,” Roberta Smith concluded, “Her work is singular, consistent and relevant. It has developed and has also been influential. It regularly succeeds in taking us deep into the machinations of human frailty and power.”

Video link: Donna De Salvo discusses Protect Protect at


While you’re at the Whitney, check out the new exhibition “Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room,” in which the master of the soft sculpture and his wife have their way with a variety of musical instruments. “The Music Rooms” continues through September 6.


Another artist who mastered MASS MoCA’s gargantuan gallery is the ever-inventive Tim Hawkinson, whose wheezing “Uberorgan” resonated throughout the space from 2000-2001.

An exhibition of nine new works by Hawkinson recently opened at Pace Wildenstein’s gallery in midtown NYC. Included are several sculptures made of eggshells, in addition to “Sherpa,” a life-sized replica of a single-cylinder motorcycle created entirely from nine different varieties of feathers.

Yes, I said “feathers.” Got a problem with that? Hawkinson’s exhibition remains on view through July 25.

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