“Two or Three Things I Know About Her”

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

In “Two or Three Things I Know About Her,” five female New Yorkers can’t ignore the fact that they hardly recognize their city. Everything that made it the capital of the twentieth century—its subways and sidewalks, its newspapers and nightly news shows, its psychoanalysis habit, its shared urban space and the freedom of (many different forms of) speech and expression that played out there—is romanced and mourned here at once. Harvard’s Carpenter Center gallery is housed in the lobby of the only Le Corbusier building in North America, and its cement and glass recurred throughout curator Helen Molesworth’s elegant installation, as the artists pounded the pavement (one even broke her nose on an office building’s glass door). In these works, modern and postmodern forms of speech and engagement contend with newer, less-well-understood daily reality, reflecting loss and lostness, a

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