Monday, March 20

Human Interest: Scott Rothkopf on Jasper Johns

"I’m Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s chief curator, and we’re in the exhibition Human Interest which I co-curated, looking at Jasper Johns’s Racing Thoughts. The term racing thoughts can be related to a sense of anxiety. I think it also can be related to creativity—to all the different thoughts that are appearing before us in this picture, and the way that Johns kind of gathers them together, but without one conclusion. When I look at this painting, I am in a certain headspace that feels kind of dreamy, almost. It keeps giving me more every time I look at it, and I don’t think it’s something I’ve ever fully solved. It is a portrait containing many portraits within it. ..."
Whitney (Video)

2012 November: Dancing around the Bride, 2014 November: Sturtevant: Double Trouble, 2015 January: Dial-A-Poem Poets - Big Ego (1978), 2016 November: John Cage: Lecture on the Weather (1975)