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Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 12 minutes 22 seconds.

Carissa Rodriguez

SculptureCenter

Carissa Rodriguez, The Maid, 2018, 4K video, color, sound, 12 minutes 22 seconds.

The production quality of Carissa Rodriguez’s twelve-minute 4K video The Maid, 2018, is as impeccable as its main characters—Sherrie Levine’s crystal and black-glass “Newborns,”1993–95. Commissioned for Rodriguez’s first solo exhibition at a New York museum and projected onto a screen suspended at a tasteful diagonal in the center of SculptureCenter’s cavernous main gallery, The Maid tracks Levine’s sculptures over the course of a day, with brooding shots of the works in several upscale homes. In one scene, white-gloved attendants delicately remove a pristine, protective cloth from the sculpture, as if unswaddling it, before placing it on a pedestal at an auction house. The pulsing ambient soundtrack, as beautifully generic as any in a trailer for a high-budget thriller, is matched by stunning drone footage that pulls back from a high-rise apartment to reveal Manhattan’s

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