Pop Goes the Art

On Easter Sunday, President Bush presided over the Egg Roll on the White House lawn, which “commemorates our Savior's triumph over sin” (his words). At his side was a mascot bunny in a disturbing pink-and-purple apron, one of several Official White House Easter Bunnies. An A.P. photograph immortalized the pair in a warm embrace, Bush’s face purring, his hand clasped delicately around the bunny’s wrist. A finer piece of American pop art hasn’t hit the news-wires since the photo of Madeleine Albright and Kim Jong-Il, circa 2000, toasting each other over coy, erotic grins.

A wealth of more official postmodern art will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (770 NE 125th St., North Miami). At “Pivot Points 1: Defining MOCA’s Collection,” there are richly imbued books of pop art by legend Ed Ruscha, a collection of anime called No Ghost Just a Shell, a 60-foot installment of detritus by the duct-tape-mad neo-Marxist Thomas Hirschhorn, and many videos. Admission costs $10 or less. The exhibition runs through May 11. Call 305-893-6211, or visit www.mocanomi.org.
April 9-May 26, 2008

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