Art In America

Robert C. Morgan

at Rooster Gallery,
190 Orchard St.

Best known as an art writer, curator and teacher, Robert C. Morgan has reactivated a multi-medium art practice that he began decades ago. "The Swimming Lessons" is based on a 1981 project in which he filmed two women attempting to translate Duchamp's cryptic notes for the Large Glass. Only the voices remain, which now play hauntingly in a gallery filled with images of the original event, illustrations from a manual on how to practice swimming on dry land, and film clips of swimmers and divers. The show is a poignant metaphor for the passing of trends, the limitations of translation and the vulnerability of human memory. 

 

 

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