Bjork's Museum of Modern Art retrospective: A massive missed opportunity

March 5, 2015 9:01 PM

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When the Museum of Modern Art announced that they would be staging a retrospective of the work of Björk to coincide with the release of her new album, Vulnicura, I was elated. I adore the work of Iceland’s quirkiest and most daring export, and though I’ve personally obsessed over her work since I first saw the “Army of Me” video on Alternative Nation in 1995, I’ve only been able to contextualize it from a pop-music perspective. The idea of a museum-quality curatorial eye examining her music, videos, style, and interactive pieces from a fine-art perspective was enticing. What new connections would be made and new ideas uncovered?

Tragically, the answer to both of those questions is “None.” The show, simply titled Björk, opens this Sunday at MoMA, and is unequivocally the most half-assed effort associated with Björk since that last Sugarcubes album. There are three primary components: A room that screens all of her music vide...

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