New York

“Psycho”

Kunsthall

When did the Bates Motel supersede Bellevue as the locus classicus of madness in America? Is this a paradigm shift? Has the Romantic cult of madness gone pop? If so, did curator Christian Leigh capitalize on this pop madness when he organized a show around Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho? “It was my thought,” says Leigh, “that if people come to an exhibition thinking it is about something they already know, then, even if they reject that information, they still have to come up with an alternate reading that is subjective as opposed to a purely formalist one.” In the past, Leigh has used films such as Spellbound, Vertigo, and Rope to contextualize artworks, bringing porno pastiche to curating itself. Presumably, Leigh wants to avoid lame academic subjects like “The Body” in favor of fun things like “Madness” in an effort to short-circuit staid curatorial conventions.

Leigh transformed the Kunsthall

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