I went to The Met Breuer art museum earlier this week to see the “Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy,” which features contemporary art based on conspiracy theories, some of which turned out to be truths.
This new mixed-media exhibit contains 70 works by 30 artists created from 1969 to 2016 that tackle government cover-ups, foreign policy, UFOs, alien invasion, the JFK assassination, big business, the Black Panthers, war, 9/11, AIDSgate, and much more.
So much to see and delve into! On select Tuesdays, they give an insanely informative tour of the exhibit, which I highly recommend (check The Met site for dates). I picked up the accompanying book along with Jesse Walker’s “The United States Of Paranoia.” (They were also selling Robert Anton Wilson’s “Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-ups,” which I already own and recommend.)
Btw, I’m totally NOT a conspiracy nut — I believe we landed on the Moon & that the Earth is round and I definitely don’t give any credence to the right-wing Pizzagate type of stuff. But I’ve always been fascinated with conspiracy theories from a historical perspective. And as pre-internet teens, my friends and I would find obscure conspiracy theory books to read (like the one that purported that President Ronald Wilson Reagan was truly the antichrist because his full name had 6 6 6 letters, lol!).
- Me with exhibit sign
- “Red Yellow Looming” by Jenny Holzer
- AIDSGATE wall
- “Government Of California” by Peter Saul
- “ZOG” by John Miller
- “Martian Portraits” by Jim Shaw
- “Mike and Zbigniew by Sue Williams
- “House On Fire” by Sarah Anne Johnson
- Me in front of part of “The Miracle of Compound Interest” by Jim Shaw
- Me inside the above Jim Shaw installation