As I entered the smallish room, (approx. 100 sqr. ft.), where Marianne Vitale's work resided (middle/back), I couldn't help but to identify again (see No. 10 pick) with Storm Tharp's largish gloom-a-delic portraits which hung on the walls to the left and right of Marianne's video. Thought, "Wow, I feel like one of Storm's "spirit faces," give me some air please, I think I am about to suffocate."
Next, I started getting into Marianne's video and quickly realized she was addressing "the patrons of the museum" by barking orders at us all. A fellow patron stood to my left laughing hysterically. I wondered if he was on ecstasy.
Took another glance at Storm's portraits, focused again on Marianne barking orders, and became slightly uncomfortable. Thought about sitting on a single small chair situated directly in front of the video, then reconsidered.
Turned around, exited stage right.
"Bye Marianne, Bye Storm..."
Marianne Vitale, Patron, 2009
Video, color, sound, 8:36 min. Collection of the artist; Courtesy IBID PROJECTS, London
This work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries.