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Alex Bag

Whitney Museum of American Art

TV SHOW HOST IN FUGUE STATE. Like LINDSAY LOHAN ESCAPES REHAB, or similar headlines in the tabloid press, the sentence seems calculated to strike terror in the heart of our republic, media dependent as it is. Make that CHILDREN’S TV SHOW HOST IN FUGUE STATE and America is lost. Yet Alex Bag made that bloodcurdling image the premise of her latest video installation—her first solo, to tie the knot a little tighter, in a major museum, or actually in any museum at all. In going mainstream Bag hasn’t exactly cleaned up.

The work has Bag developing a TV show in which she will star. It’s one of those formats where a host stands at a lectern and chats, partly to an audience of children, partly to a crony in the form of a Muppet-like animated toy. Why Bag would be picked for this job is inexplicable, but perhaps we’re to think she inherited it: Her mother—her real mother—was the host of a pair of

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