• Harun Farocki, Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades (detail), 2006, still from a 37-second color and black-and-white video component of a twelve-monitor installation.

    “Picture Industry”

    CCS Bard Hessel Museum

    “PICTURE INDUSTRY,” curated by the artist Walead Beshty at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard, has quietly thrown down the gauntlet, not only for exhibitions that address the history of photography, but for all future surveys of twentieth-century art and political imagery broadly. The exhibition is unabashedly ambitious and pedagogical: Three hundred works by more than seventy individuals and collectives spread across seventeen galleries, with extensive wall labels culled from primary sources and the leading scholarship. But the show’s lessons can be found not in the texts so much as in the objects

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