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Renée Green

View of “Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams,” 2010, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

EARLY ON IN RENÉE GREEN’S WORK Wavelinks: A Different Reality, 2002, the artist Arthur Jafa is on camera, musing animatedly about his efforts to connect with the past, to establish a “felt relationship to something that has been done prior to your existence in the world.” Soon after, a man is hazily seen through a window, changing filthy filters for the air-conditioning unit of an office building. This mundane maintenance is accompanied by an audio track: two unseen conversants voicing their disbelief about the severe buildup of waste on the filters. What might seem like casual chatter may also encourage moments of remembrance of the dust-laden atmosphere of post-9/11 New York, especially for those, like myself, who had first-hand encounters with floating debris and accumulating ash in downtown Manhattan. Minutes later, I relive these moments of numbed shock in a far more vivid

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