Thursday, June 14, 2007

Andrea Robbins & Max Becher

Max Becher and Andrea Robbins are not Bernd and Hiller Becher, but close. In fact Max Becher is their son. And though on the one hand the terrain seems very different, the projects themselves are not unlike the Bechers. The Becher's, who are at the center of the Dusseldorf school of photography, deal with space, and the architectural lines that occupy that space. Becher and Robbins deal with what they term the Transportation of Place. Brooklyn Abroad, the show that I saw at Sonnabend last year, traced the spread of the Lubovitch across the globe. Lubavitchers are:
one of the largest groups of ultra orthodox, or Hasidic, Jewish groups, and number about 100,000 worldwide. In 1940 the Lubavitchers purchased a small collegiate-gothic-style Brooklyn building (once a medical clinic) for the sixth Lubavitch Rebbe, Yoseph Yitzchak Schneerson, who had recently immigrated to the United States to escape Nazi persecution. In 1951, a year after his passing, his son-in-law Menachem Mendel Schneerson officially accepted the title of the seventh Lubavitch Rebbe, and inherited a congregation decimated in numbers by the holocaust...
The communities whether in Brazil, or Iowa, feature a building like the Brooklyn original.
The show traced the development of these communities and the business/lives that people built in various locales such as the factory pictured above, in Potsville, Iowa.

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