Show Me the Receipts: Mass MoCA Mess
What is a museum to do when, in the throes of a heated budget dispute, an artist walks away
in the middle of installing an exhibition? If you’re Mass MoCA, you shroud Christoph Büchel’s incomplete 2007 “Training Ground for Democracy”
in yellow tarps and air your
dirty laundry by displaying his
list of requested materials for the piece, which included 8 voting booths, piles of old computers, 1,000 feet of barbed wire, 12 grenades, 8 body
bags, 4 prosthetic legs, and
the fuselage of a 737 airliner.