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Group Material

New Museum

Group Material’s strength lies in its “alternative” curatorial role; concerned with the nonelitist, sociopolitical responsibilities of art, and particularly sensitive to context and audience, it has operated as often “on the street” as in the more conventional exhibition space, bringing together artists of different cultural backgrounds who may not otherwise be very visible. Its current, traveling installation took shape from an invitation to over a hundred artists to submit an image 12 inches square that, altogether, would express the diversity of contemporary imagery and seek a common ground between popular imagery, such as record sleeves and advertisements, and art practice. The result is a 12-by-40-foot work spelling MASS and encompassing notions of mass media and mass culture, the masses and the density of bodies.

In its relation to our reception of mass culture, MASS’s density of

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