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Examining Cory Arcangel’s Schoenberg’s Cats

by Paddy Johnson on July 8, 2010
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I watched Cory Arcangel’s Schoenberg’s Cats video again Tuesday at The Power Plant’s summer group show, Adaptation Between Species, and was reminded of how little I’ve engaged in the discussion of that piece. According to exiting Senior Curator Helena Reckitt’s wall description, Arcangel’s youtube mash-up uses the cats to make fun of the “my kid could paint that” criticisms of avant garde art. Once hated by the Nazi’s, Schoenberg’s a-tonal piece now sees uneven acceptance by the elite music establishment.

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