PRINT February 2001


Jean-Luc Godard

WHEN THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART commissioned Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard to create a “reflection on the arts” (and by implication the museum itself), one would have thought the venerable institution was asking for it. But aside from a few oblique jokes and Godard's reference to “the people in New York” who wanted something particular from him “but didn’t know what,” the two collaborators seem to let the Modern off the hook In The Old Place, a forty-seven minute video completed in 1999 but only now premiering, on February 23, at MoMA. The problematic known in the Anglophone world as “the Museum” doesn’t seem of much interest to Miéville and Godard. The modern museum, rather sadly for these modernist sensibilities, has really become an Old Place—along with the art, the movements, and indeed the century of which it was part. But in any case, the museum as such was never central to

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