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Tony Oursler at the MoMA
Musee Magazine

By Riley Ryan Wood


There’s a lot happening this summer on the MoMA’s second floor — we’ve already been awed by Nan Goldin’s“Ballad of Sexual Dependency,”  and we’re happily looking ahead to a solo exhibit by Teiji Furuhashi. But currently, our attention is captured by Tony Oursler and his mesmerizing cinematography.


Imponderable, touted as a “5-D” experience, incorporates a full length film for the eyes and a multitude of extraordinary effects for the other senses. The film features a colourful cast of characters, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini and Oursler’s own ancestors.  The artist’s dark and psychedelic archive, which spurred the film, is also on view.


The exhibition is organized by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, and Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Assistant Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA.