The Bride Strips Bare

posted: 07-29-10
Hannah Wilke, "Through the Large Glass" (still)
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Despite lackluster notices, a current video retrospective at the Whitney Museum offers at least one highlight -- Hannah Wilkes' 1976 performance piece, "Through the Large Glass." The short video both literalizes Duchamp's seminal assemblage as Wilkes plays the role of the "Bride" stripping bare in front of the malic molds and subverts its masculine point of view. What does the Large Glass entail from the bride's perspective? Can we see the "Bachelors" any better from here?

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