Art In America

Rachel Mason

at Envoy Enterprises,

87 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 

Rachel Mason knows how to dress for an event. Costumed for the epic video Filibuster in the harlequin suit and carnival face paint of her alter-ego FutureClown, Mason lip-synchs Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s March filibuster—all 13 hours of it. #StandwithRand, as Paul branded his gesture on Twitter, was an attempt to block the nomination of John O. Brennan for CIA chief. But the larger target was drone policy, and specifically Obama’s theoretical power to kill Americans on American soil. Taking a cue from the mise-en-scene of Bruce Nauman’s Clown Torture (1987), Mason offers a brilliant study of political theater. Her character is a pure performer; nothing that comes out of FutureClown’s mouth can be confused with authentic sentiment. Re-staged in this way, the filibuster’s weird rhetoric—Mason has compared it to a Gertrude Stein novel—comes into sharp focus, as soaring proclamations meld with petty political sneers, and paeans to human right

More from the Lookout

Closing

Florian Pumhösl

at Miguel Abreu Gallery,
through Apr. 27
88 Eldridge St. and 36 Orchard St.

Closing

Sarah Lucas

at Gladstone,
through Apr. 26
515 W. 24th St.

Kristen Morgin

at Zach Feuer,
through May 3
548 W. 22nd St.

Karen Knorr

at Danziger Gallery,
through May 3
527 W. 23rd St.

Closing

Brad Kahlhamer

at Jack Shainman Gallery,
through Apr. 26
513 W. 20th St.

Radamés “Juni” Figueroa

at SculptureCenter,
through May 12
44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, Queens

“Simple Life Is Interesting!”

at Klein Sun Gallery,
through May 3
525 West 22nd St.

Julião Sarmento

at Sean Kelly,
through May 3
475 Tenth Ave.

Christoph Schlingensief

at MoMA PS1,
through Aug. 31
22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens

Sam Pulitzer

at Artists Space,
through May 18
38 Greene St.

Closing

Martin Kippenberger

at Skarstedt Gallery,
through Apr. 26
20 E 79th St.

Heidi Bucher

at Swiss Institute,
through May 11
18 Wooster St.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

at Metropolitan Museum of Art,
through May 11
1000 Fifth Avenue

Michelangelo Pistoletto

at Luhring Augustine Bushwick,
through May 3
25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.