New York

Wendy Clarke

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Since 1977, Wendy Clarke has made over 800 videotapes (some in color, but most in black-and-white) of people talking about their feelings on love. An edited selection of these “Love Tapes,” each a three-minute monologue by a person sitting alone before a camera, was on view at MoMA.

In Clarke’s recordings, men and women from various age, ethnic, and societal groups display romanticism and cynicism, hope and despair; some tell of specific relationships, others discuss various kinds of love, and still others speak about love in social or even metaphysical terms. Several people present during my visit to a taping session had recorded for Clarke last year; their enthusiasm for the project and their affection for Clarke were evident, and were echoed in the general mood of the crowd.

Visitors were invited to participate in Clarke’s in-process artwork. Those who wanted to make their own tape were

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