MoMA Benches

MoMA Benches
MoMA Benches, December 2007
Copyright Juli Kearns

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One place we used to live in, we found in the attic a bench that reminded me very much of a museum bench. We had zero living room furniture but we suddenly had this spacious living room in this old old house. I put the bench in the living room, my paintings hung all over the walls. And to me it was quite funny, the paintings with this single museum style bench in the middle of the room and no other furniture. I kept waiting for friends and visitors to get the joke but I don’t think anyone ever did. I think they all just wished we had comfortable seating.

MoMA Guard Before A Starry Night, 2007

MoMA, Guard Before "A Starry Night"
MoMA Guard Before A Starry Night, 2007
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Or, how to take a picture of a famous painting and the people around it and show neither.

The security standing beside Van Gogh’s “A Starry Night” was tight-lipped, solemn, imposing while attempting to remain as anonymous and impassive as possible, surrounded by people who are intended to be aware of his presence but at the same time assuming obliviousness.

Here he rises on his toes, briefly relieving the monotony and the stress of his pose, and takes on an almost otherworldly presence, the guardian becoming the angel of “A Starry Night”, close to unhinging from the earth and rising.