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Antoni Muntadas, On Translation: Celebracions, 2009, still from a color video, 9 minutes 33 seconds.

Antoni Muntadas

The Bronx Musuem of Art

Antoni Muntadas, On Translation: Celebracions, 2009, still from a color video, 9 minutes 33 seconds.

A few years ago, the New Yorker started a weekly cartoon-caption contest. I can be trusted to draw a complete blank about how to caption each week’s illustration, and yet I am consistently impressed with wits in the general public knocking it out of the park with some seriously funny entries. A work by Antoni Muntadas stages a similar exercise, one whose high stakes reveal themselves only gradually. Part of a showing of seven new and old works organized by guest curator José Roca at the Bronx Museum, this iteration of the piece On Subjectivity, 1978, pre­sents a selection of five historic and contemporary photographs of the Bronx and invites viewers to offer commentary, providing a logbook, a pencil, and a desk upon which to compose their exegeses. Every day, selections of viewers’ captions are pinned to the wall above the desk, recording a range of responses: some poignant, some

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