Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon

Where: Archives of American Art

When: through September 30, 2012

Imagine playing the "6 Degrees of Separation" game with Peggy Bacon, a prominent figure in the art world, rather than with Kevin Bacon, and you've got the idea of this show.

Peggy Bacon was a New York artist, printmaker and author (she wrote a mystery novel entitled The Inward Eye, along with children's books) who knew everyone in the arts.  The show delineates her connections, both individually in separate cases, and as a giant spider web of relationships on one of the walls.

It occurs to me that you could do this with anyone with a reasonable number of friends and professional contacts - perhaps LinkedIn serves as a sort of online version of this show?  A reminder that, although the world is large, it's also small.

Verdict: A fun way to spend a few minutes - it's a one-room show, so you can take it in fairly quickly.

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