Long’s installations are about watching others experience them: amongst the barrage of sensorial stimulations, we can see ourselves as a part of the crowd—the insatiable consumers of cultural experiences.
It’s been a year since Louis Grachos took the helm at The Contemporary, and hired Heather Pesanti as Senior Curator. I sat down with them for a series of conversations on Austin and their vision for the rebranded institution.
A delicate color palette and the combination of natural with unnatural organize the show: from the glazed earthenware pineapple to the pile of palm-frond slices stacked intermittently with cleaning pads.
Is ultramarine-blue Plexiglas a sufficient reason to title a geometric sculpture Whispering Giotto? What does a chrome cube lined with white rabbit fur on a black granite base have to do with Thelonious Monk?