PRINT December 2008

Lynne Cooke


1 Jorge Pardo (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Pardo’s visually stunning, conceptually provocative reinstallation of LACMA’s collection of the art of the ancient Americas proved, predictably, a lightning rod for debate. Taking archaeological excavation as his leitmotif, Pardo embedded these artifacts in a bravura display: Richly hued vitrines seem to morph in response to visitors’ movements through the three galleries, luring them into a closer engagement. Overhead, lamps with forms reminiscent of feathered headdresses or luxuriant tropical plants gently illuminate the space. A vast curtain—in tones that range from overripe orange to faded crimsons and desert greens—binds the whole in its sumptuous embrace, coupling the conventions of historical museum display with the ceremonial.

2 “Poussin and Nature” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) This extraordinary and

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