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Lets Entertain

Portland Art Museum, Portland
July 7 - Sept 17

from Untitled Series(1979),
silver gelatin print

Organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in cooperation with the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musee National d'art Moderne, Paris, Let's Entertain features work by 80 artists from 17 countries and focuses on the influences of entertainment on art practices. In today's entertainment-driven society we are surrounded by a massive overflow of visual stimuli -- a sea of images and information generated by television, movies, video, magazines, billboards and commercial packaging that transforms our everyday life into an endless loop of multi-sensory spectacles and fictions. This exhibition revolves around the complex relationship between pleasure, spectacle, popular culture and contemporary art through a diverse selection of artworks incorporating sculpture, painting, video, installation, sound, the Internet, fashion and games. The artists use entertainment strategies as a means of critiquing our pleasure-based society, as well as to employ a common language, a shared culture. The burning issue with this media-colossal exhibition -- which includes everything from Cindy Sherman's seminal series Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) to Piotr Uklanski's disco dance floor; Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes (1987); Jeff Koon's Buster Keaton (1988); even a slice of Damien Hirst, and a sound track by avant-garde composer David Shea -- will surely be separating the art from the entertainment, something that even leading newspapers canít distinguish in their "arts and entertainment" pages. Marshall McLuhan meets Godzilla? Michel Foucault meets Sister Wendy? Tune in.

© Ted Lindberg