Lutz Bacher Gets Damaged

A veteran provocateur brings a punk aesthetic to her survey exhibition at P.S.1

Carter/Kennedy (KISS ASS), 1987
Courtesy Lutz Bacher and Taxter & Spengemann, New York
Carter/Kennedy (KISS ASS), 1987


Lutz Bacher: 'My Secret Life'
P.S.122-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Through September 14

Bacher's zoned-out meditation becomes, in many ways, an act of defiance. Unlike Jonas Mekas, whose films celebrated his blue-chip art-world alliances, Bacher shows how complicated these identifications can be. She's not going to accurately record de Land's memorial, just as she's not going to provide a clean picture of Olympic Stadium, New York, Vietnam, or a month in the life of art icon Pat Hearn. If you can handle that ethic, you might just love this show.

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