TABLE OF CONTENTS

Lynne Cooke

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

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 2008 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.