Strip of Behavior—Being a spectator in the Rose Art Museum

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, MA

 The Abouthing, Sculpture Garden, Rose Art Museum

All the photos and video were taken by Yaxin Ma


    Visualizing an exhibition opening scene in a gallery or museum, I see black shadows everywhere.

    I thought of Ezra Pound’s poem:


    The apparition of these faces in the crowd:

    Petals on a wet, black bough.


    Being invisible and watching the reactions of the spectators, I felt that their insides were mysteriously permeated by the blackness of what they were wearing. The power in the atmosphere of the space constrained the interaction between the art works and the people not in blackness, the ordinary spectators outside the institute. 

    But the other day when we had a class by the outdoor installation The Aboutthing (Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch) at the Rose Art Museum, I finally became an insider talking with my classmates about the piece. Without the walls, the blackness, and the power, it became a wholly different scene. So I went there again by myself to be a spectator—not wearing black—at the installation. My project is a document of my twice-performed behavior in the Rose Art Museum. 


Mapping the Rose Art Museum


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