More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness

As Stephen Colbert has posited, we live in an age of "truthiness." He may have been referring to politics, but the same could be said for contemporary art. Are those really irreplaceable dynastic urns that Wei Wei is smashing or coating in brightly colored paint? Are Joel Lederer's images of utopian landscapes in Second Life achievable? Are Vik Muniz's objects that simulate the reverse sides of iconic paintings art? How real could Mark Dion's Curator's Office, which creates the office of a fictional MIA curator who disappeared after being called to Washington, D.C., to testify in front of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, be? At a time when the fictions of politicians, virtual worlds, and TV personalities become facts of everyday life, who's to say what's real and what isn't? Also included in this exhibition, organized by MIA's contemporary art curator, Elizabeth Armstrong, are works by Eve Sussman, Trevor Paglen, Mary Temple, and Yes Men. In this case, you're the decider. There will be an opening party featuring music by Koo Koo Kanga Roo, tabloid-style photo ops, and more from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21. (Pictured: Truth Eva and Franco Mattes, Catt Fake Cattelan)
March 21-June 9, 2013

 
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