Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter on his experience of Tino Sehgal’s “This Progress” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

As I made my way alone back down Frank Lloyd Wright’s loopy, utopian ramp I passed other visitors and their guides (or interpreters, to use Mr. Sehgal’s preferred term) in conversation. I later learned that a few verbal elements — Bob’s closing line and Giuliana’s opening questions — were scripted.

Everything else was extemporaneous. The interpreters had rehearsed timing with Mr. Sehgal, but otherwise, like the visitors, operated without instructions. No two conversations would ever be the same.
Holland Cotter in his Art Review of Tino Sehgal‘s “This Progress” installation in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, “In the Naked Museum: Talking, Thinking, Encountering” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, (New York: H. J. Raymond & Company, January 31, 2010), p. 2. Thanks to Amina Wolfe for the lead.