Art In America

Christoph Schlingensief

at MoMA PS1,
22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens

The work of provocateur Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010) takes over MoMA PS1's third floor in this rambling retrospective. The show includes a vast assemblage of video, spanning from his television work, for example the discomforting reality show parody Freakstars 3000, to documentation of his later theater performances, but its vulgar heart is The Animatograph (2005). Consisting of a backwoods shack resembling something out of a horror flick on a massive rotating platform, the Animatograph features multiple screens playing loops of often crass, often humorous films—the apotheosis of both tendencies probably being a porn featuring actors dressed as Stalin and Hitler.  



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