Monday, December 21, 2009

Marcel Broodthaers's Parrot at Peter Freeman, Inc. [Photographs]


Marcel Broodthaers, Ne diets pas que je ne l'ai pas dit - Le Perroquet, 1974. Photos: 16 Miles [more]

Even if you have seen a live cat, mouse, coyote, maggots, flies, or a donkey in an art gallery, it is possible that you have never seen a live bird. (I certainly had not.) Until Wednesday, December 23, Peter Freeman is showing Marcel Broodthaer's 1974 commentary on retrospectives, which involves a parrot, a recorded poem, and some nice potted plants. It is called Ne diets pas que je ne l'ai pas dit - Le Perroquet, which translates to "Don't Say I Didn't Say So – The Parrot." While it didn't speak during my visit — it was too busy enjoying grapes — it does supposedly talk every once in a while. If you're lucky.