Earlier this year the Philadelphia Museum of Art presented a beautiful, eerie, challenging installation of Bruce Nauman’s Days. (As you may recall, the PMA first presented the work in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and brought part of that show to Philly.)
In March, I wrote about how psychologically intense Days is, how it continues Nauman’s 30-year exploration of torture and that it seems to be substantially about America’s torture of detainees during the Bush administration.
A key element of Nauman’s piece is its soundtrack, a use of sound that I argued was about techniques used at American detention centers such as Guantanamo Bay. Last week the Philadelphia Museum of Art told me that the audio of Days was so intense that it had to shorten its usual guard rotations.
The work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where it is now on view.