I saw the Cory Arcangel show for a whole 30 minutes (fast art is better than no art…maybe?). As a curator who has a pretty significant investment in the videogame medium, I’d been looking forward to this show, and it’s actually one of the reasons I decided to make the trip out to NYC.
Cory Arcangel’s best-known piece is probably Super Mario Clouds(2002). I’m of the opinion that SMC often gets oversimplified by writers and curators, and I was hoping that Pro Tools at the Whitney would do more to contextualize Arcangel’s oeuvre. But instead, the show was mostly comprised of pieces from the last two years, which communicated more of a snarkiness than the insight I’d been looking for. Maybe spending another 30 minutes in the gallery might change all that.