“I’m not perfect, but I’m perfect for you.” – Grace Jones
Maybe that is what music is. Everyone has different tastes, but somehow one finds the kind of music they love whether it’s pop or underground. I saw Looking at Music 3.0 at MoMA in a small room filled with compact discs of Public Enemy and Kraftwerk attached to the walls, music videos by Spike Jonze and Spike Lee for display, and the analytical aspect of music in visual form. I can’t say that I learned so much from this exhibition. I already knew most of the ties between early techno music, video, and sampling of the 1990s. Nothing really surprised me in this exhibition but it was nice to see an attempt at musical history in one place.
All in all, I wouldn’t have paid $20 to see this exhibition (or Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures) by itself. Thankfully I had a friend with a membership who also has a vast knowledge of music and the arts from the 1980s and 1990s.