Cleveland

Jorge Pardo

Museum of Contemporary Art

Organized by Bonnie Clearwater of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Florida—and here overseen by Margo A. Crutchfield—Jorge Pardo’s first museum survey is constructed as a spacious, well-furnished house. The domestic spaces (front garden, kitchen, dining room, office, bedroom, and living room) are filled with their attendant objects—sculptures and installations Pardo made between 1987 and 2007. Dispersed throughout are ten enormous photomurals depicting architectural exteriors and interiors designed by the artist. But while this may be a house, it is certainly not a home: You are not allowed to sit on Pardo’s chairs, rest on his bed, or borrow books from his library. This house has been placed in a museum.

In domestic settings, works of art tend
to become decorative objects, blending
with the furniture. In “House,” however,
 canvases that seem suited for sofa accessorizing—large

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