Art In America

Phil Collins

at Tanya Bonakdar,
521 W 21 St

It's easy to lose track of time at this thoroughly engaging, funny and at times heartbreaking show. Phil Collins's installation This Unfortunate Thing Between Us, set up in two 1970s style trailers, features a video based on home-shopping TV shows, in which viewers could purchase "experiences"—like being interrogated by the German secret police, acting in a porno or dying in the hospital surrounded by family. Upstairs are six listening booths, each set up with a record player and albums that play snippets of conversation recorded from a pay phone at a Cologne homeless shelter (with the callers' permission). There's also a short film, the meaning of style, featuring Malaysian skinheads going to the movies, playing cards, reading the paper and fighting.

 

 

More from the Lookout

Nancy Rubins

at Gagosian,
through Sept. 13
522 W. 21st St.

“Here and Elsewhere”

at New Museum,
through Sept. 28
235 Bowery

Closing

Mel Bochner

at Jewish Museum,
through Sept. 7
1109 Fifth Ave.

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

“Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink”

at Museum of Chinese in America,
through Sept. 14
215 Centre St.

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