How do you remember 9/11? Where were you? What were you doing? Do you recall any other event so clearly? In Alex Kritselis’ “Above the Fold” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art we’re invited to remember what the editorial staff at the LA Times thought was important enough to place above the fold of the daily newspaper.
Originally this installation was at the Armory Center for the Arts in 2001 and now, as part of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (2001), we are invited to remember and consider how media shapes our perceptions.
The issues of the Los Angeles Times are preserved by being wrapped in plastic laid out like a grid on the floor while images of water play on the screen. You can’t easily read each of the issues, but perhaps that isn’t the point. Think how murky every day life was and is then, waves of memory colored by emotion and, in many cases, humdrum grayness of apathy. There are accidents and scandals, all long forgotten and yet exciting or important enough to appear above the fold of a broadsheet that was in decline. That’s a good historical lesson for journalists and bloggers everywhere.
Kristselis was the Dean of Visual Arts and Media Studies at Pasadena City College from 2002 until 2011.
This exhibit continues until 8 January 2012 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.