Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn in the Light of the Moon
by Devon Deimler, PhD
Most of the dreamy, multicultural, and multifaceted items displayed in the current Drawing Down the Moon exhibition at the Hammer Museum are pieces in which the image of the moon is expressly visible. It may be far off, shrouded in mists, eclipsed, haloed, scythed, or full-circled and imposingly near. Or it appears (as always to our perception) as a phenomenology of reflection: the illuminator of night-ways and lunacies, mirror of the pale, and magic lantern of fears and phantasies. The moon is the first heavenly sphere, the soft floodlight of hot sex, cold crime, and witch-mode. It’s a shapeshifter, a secret keeper, an eyeball, a womb, and a rabbit. Moon’s favored moods are erotic, romantic, poetic, and mysteriously enchanting - but not always in the ways we expect; in moonlight, things are not always as they seem.
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