Toot Toot

“GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN” may have been good enough for Cyndi Lauper, but what’s distressing is that the curators of “Bad Girls,” both East (Marcia Tucker) and West (Marcia Tanner), seem to share her adolescent joie de vivre. Tucker’s concept for the show called for art that is “funny, really funny,” and that goes “too far”; Tanner’s idea was to showcase work that is “irreverent, anti-ideological, nondoctrinaire, nondidactic, unpolemical and thoroughly unladylike.” Everything may have been up for grabs but, as us girls know, the proof is in the pudding—and frankly, this one is downright unpalatable.

I fear “Bad Girls” at the New Museum and its companion show at the Wight Art Gallery at UCLA are more than a bad exhibition concept, and that the appearance of another show of the same name at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London last fall is more than coincidence. While the UK version

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