san-francisco

Pipilotti Rist

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

For her West Coast solo museum debut, Swiss video and installation artist Pipilotti Rist showed three works, including a brand-new one cocommissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Luxembourg’s Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. Together they reveal not only the artist’s masterful visual sense and emphasis on female-centric images with a spiritual bent but also a recurrent theme of Christian ritual that never detracts from a notorious sense of serious play.

Each of the three video installations seduces with its own version of Pop religiosity. Positioned in the lobby leading into the media galleries (where the large new piece is sequestered) is Hallo, guten Tag (Kussmund) (Hello, Good Morning [Kissing Mouth]), 1995, a sleek, domestic-size (icon-size?) mirror with a tiny monitor embedded at its bottom half on which a pair of female lips in pink lipstick repeatedly puckers

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