After Nature, New Museumhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/film/after-nature/608/
Besides Pawel Althamer, whose work occupies a large share of one floor, humans seem to be mainly collateral damage. Artur Zmijewski’s video shows a naked male amputee being helped by another man. It’s at first repulsive, then empathic. Dana Schutz uses a bold, expressionistic painting style inMan Eating His Chest to make this mortifying image feel like a latter-day fable. In a live performance piece by Tino Sehgal, a woman lies in an alcove, rolling and twisting slowly while eyeing her viewers creepily. Berlinde De Bruyckere created a half-human, half-root being that lies mummified in a vitrine. And Roger Ballen’s b/w photos draw on our deep visual memories of Abu Ghraib, without truly recording any torture.