Robert Beck 'The Memorial Screening (1974)
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One DVD signed by Robert Beck
Visitors on their way to the opening of Robert Beck’s exhibition turned the corner and were shocked by what they saw. On the steps of CRG was one of those makeshift shrines of flowers and photographs that have become the vernacular of communal mourning,
Without exception, each person entering the gallery asked “Who died?,”
THE MEMORIAL SCREENING, 1974-the year when Beck would have been 16, discovering his homosexuality-with a sound track of era-specific pop references like Helen Reddy and Neil Diamond.
The work perfectly captures the maudlin quality of video tributes as it switches from still images to vintage home movies of the teenage Beck pointing a gun and seeming to shoot.
It is a shocking moment, but it suggests that high-school violence should come as no surprise, guns are everywhere in America, and the pressure to conform intense.
Provenance: CRG Gallery, New York
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