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THE MALADY OF KNOWLEDGE

THE MALADY OF KNOWLEDGE

There was a time when the arts and sciences weren’t so divided. There was no specialization and people aspired to universal knowledge. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was probably the last person to be able to make some claim to know everything. But of course, we know now, universal knowledge is impossible. The French artist Camille Henrot plays with this impossible dream in her film Grosse Fatigue, on view in the BMA’s Black Box through June 15. *The film is the result of Henrot’s artist research fellowship at the Smithsonian, which was sponsored by The National Museum of the American Indian. “When I applied for the Smithsonian research artists...

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