way better than my Parthenon

This is one of the photographs included in a show at El Museo del Barrio on view right now in New York. It's a detail from The Parthenon of Books/Homage to Democracy, Buenos Aires, by Argentine artist Marta Minujín (and a crew of assistants). The full-scale model was built in a public park in Buenos Aires in 1983 using books that had been banned. After three weeks, the public was invited to dismantle the structure and keep the books for themselves.

The show will definitely be on the list of things to see when I get to the city in March or April, along with the Whitney Biennial. It's hard to believe it's already been two years since the last one...

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