Delirious At The Met

"The Street" by Phillip Guston, 1977. Part of 'Delirious' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

“The Street” by Phillip Guston, 1977. Part of ‘Delirious’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.
Photo by Fotini Stephen.

(NEW YORK, NY) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MetBreuer) is presenting an art exhibit entitled Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950-1980 which runs from September 13 through January 14, 2018.

Delirious is an attempt to capture the social upheaval between the four decades period, and it is a momentous task. Given the relatively small size and scope of the exhibit, it is a token effort.

I am not saying it is not worth the visit, only that such a small exhibit can’t purport to capture the social upheaval of 40 years.

"The Attorney" by Martin Wong, 1982-84. Part of 'Delirious' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

“The Attorney” by Martin Wong, 1982-84. Part of ‘Delirious’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.
Photo by Fotini Stephen.

Themes of the exhibit are absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition. There is an attempt to destabilize space and perception by giving form to extreme mental, emotional, and physical states. It otherwise deranges logical structures and techniques.

Delirious explores the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists. Lofty goals.

My impression, however, is one of mere quirkiness.

I’ll say that you’ll leave the exhibit with a smile on your face. But, in terms of impact and lasting memory, Delirious does not deliver on its own hype. Just because it is curated by a museum, like the Met, it gives it no special credentials.

Criminal Being Executed by Peter Saul, 1964. Part of 'Delirious' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.Photo by Robert Stephen.

“Criminal Being Executed” by Peter Saul, 1964. Part of ‘Delirious’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York between 13 September 2017 and 14 January 2018.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

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