A reason to visit New York!
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot, organized by the Asia Society Museum, is the first solo show of the Korean-born artist in New York City since his celebrated 2000 Guggenheim retrospective. In Becoming Robot, curator Michelle Yun presents a portion of Paik’s oeuvre in narrow focus: a largely chronological telling of the evolution of robotics and interactive technology within Paik’s work. The show’s strength is this tight curatorial lens; no piece feels out of place, and the logic is clear and neat. But its weakness is the same: the exhibition is all head and little heart — the emotional context is lost.
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot continues at Asia Society Museum (725 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan) through January 4.