Yesterday I went onto the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami’s website, as I often do, to see what forthcoming exhibitions they have lined up. The site had been redesigned in a wonderful, comical way. This morning ARTNET News provided an explanation:
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami has just debuted the first U.S. museum survey of work by Cory Arcangel (b. 1978), the popular techno-artist who has composed "missing" Glockenspiel parts for Bruce Springstein songs and dubbed the 1993 cult film Dazed and Confused with dialogue read by Indian-accented actors. "Cory Arcangel: The Sharper Image," Mar. 11-May 9, 2010, is organized by MOCA associate curator Ruba Katrib and includes an appropriately up-to-date range of works: videos, video game consoles, film, photographic prints, sculpture, drawings, sound, performance and web-based work.
One example of this last category is the museum website, which Arcangel has completely redesigned, putting all the text in the font known as Comic Sans, a particularly goofy-looking script intended to imitate comic book lettering. The font is widely despised by designers, and has even inspired a "Ban Comic Sans" campaign, which has its own website. According to Miami’s New Times, MoCA NOMI’s all-Comic Sans look caused a bit of a stir on the internet, including speculation that it was an early April Fool’s prank.
In any case, be sure to catch Arcangel’s 2009 video performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 11, an atonal modernist work supposedly played by a montage of YouTube snippets of cats walking on piano keyboards -- it’s here. And note the comments, from "LMAO" to "the paradigm of lameness."