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Bruce Nauman, Neon Hangman Game

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All Photos By Gail

On a recent, beautiful sunny Sunday, Geoffrey and I took a day trip on the Hudson River line via Metro North to Beacon, New York — about 90 minutes outside the city — to visit the Dia: Beacon Art Museum. This is one of the most fun things you can do to escape from Manhattan on a weekend day and you don’t even need a car! The Beacon train station is a 10 minute walk to the museum and they have signs pointing the way, so it is completely idiot proof. You can even buy your museum admission at Grand Central Station in what they call the Dia: Beacon Package, which includes round trip train fare and museum entry for $36.50 — what a bargain! I will be featuring more photos from our trip to the Dia: Beacon in future posts, but today I want to show you this crazy kinetic neon sculpture by Bruce Nauman called Hanged Man.

Hangman 2

Located in a lower level gallery dedicated exclusively the works by Bruce Nauman, Hanged Man (1985) is made up of a series of layered, multi-colored neon tubes that light up at sequenced intervals to simulate a game of Hang Man.

Hangman 3

As the game nears completion, a second figure appears. You can see why this piece may be a bit controversial, or not safe for small kids who might has a lot of questions.

Hangman 5

Hangman 6

Because that’s a big pink boner, right there.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Silver Livres By Bruce Nauman

Silver Livres
Photo by Gail

Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is a contemporary American artist, whose practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. His bold red and green neon tubing sculpture, Silver Livres (1974) — the livre being a former currency of France — is currently on long-term loan to the Museum of Modern Art from it owners, Ealan and Melinda Wingate.