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"Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness"

10:30 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 2
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 W. 53rd St. New York, NY
212-708-9400

Price: $5 - $25

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Williams brings new meaning to “commercial art”
Nikkitha Bakshani

What do Ritter Sport chocolate bars have in common with a woman wearing a lemon yellow towel wrapped around her head? When photographed by Christopher Williams, they are both completely absent of personality; 100 percent product. In “The Production Line of Happiness,” the MoMa displays the first retrospective of the conceptual artist’s “sociophotographic” work. It explores photography’s role in perpetuating consumerism by using the same aggressive retouching techniques used by advertisers. Paying homage to the influence of cinema in his work, Williams names the exhibition, which includes an experimental film program, after the Jean-Luc Godard documentary about a film-loving factory worker. The exhibition features Williams’ rarely seen Super 8 shorts and vinyl super-graphics, but it focuses largely on the crisp images of obsolete cameras, Williams-Sonoma-esque crockery, and other objects that have come to define his three decades of work, not to mention our capitalist sensibilities.

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Location

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 W. 53rd St. New York, NY
212-708-9400

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