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Friday, May 17, 2013

Last Chance: "Street" at the Metropolitan Museum

If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, you only have until May 27th to see James Nares's "Street" at the Metropolitan Museum, a captivating one-hour film about the city.

Shot over the course of a week in 2011, Nares used a high-definition camera to slow down the movements of the people (and, sometimes, birds) on the street to a virtual crawl. Because the camera captures everything in such high fidelity, nothing is blurry and the details are fantastic. If, like us, you spend a lot of time walking in the city, you'll recognize some of the streets that Nares filmed while others will make you wonder, "Where is that?"

The film, with an ethereal soundtrack by Thurston Moore, runs about an hour. There are benches in the gallery, but many people simply lounge against the back wall or on the floor. In the accompanying galleries, Nares has put together an assemblage of objects from the Met's collection as a sort of commentary on the film. This isn't always successful, but there is some great early film footage of the Lower East Side and the Flatiron building that seems directly pertinent to Nares's work. In particular, look for children in each film who notice the camera and chase after it.

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