America Is Hard to See
Audio Guide Playlist
Kids can listen and learn from this audio guide highlighting selected works in America Is Hard to See.
Have you ever played a video game? What about Super Mario Brothers? If so, did it look like this? Probably not! For one thing, there's no Mario in this version. No coins, no bricks. And no SOUND. What else is missing?
To make this installation, Cory Arcangel hacked into the version of Super Mario Brothers he played when he was a kid and took out everything except the background. Now, just the pixilated clouds scroll across, slowly, quietly.
If you were to hack into this—or your favorite video game—what would you take out? The heroes? The prizes? The challenges?
How much could you take out and still recognize the original game?
Look at the rest of the installation. See the tangled cords. The projections, and the video screens. It’s all on display as part of the artwork.
- 543 Fred Wilson, Guarded View, 1991
- 000 Introduction to America Is Hard to See
- 553 Josh Kline, Cost of Living (Aleyda), 2014
- 554 Cory Arcangel, Super Mario Clouds, 2002
- 566 Mark Bradford, Bread and Circuses, 2005
- 522 Charles Ray, Boy, 1992
- 804 Max Weber, Chinese Restaurant, 1915
- 731 Walker Evans, Tengle Children, Hale County AL, 1936
- 712 Charles White, Preacher, 1952
- 744 Kids audio guide stop Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957
- 626 Andy Warhol, Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962
- 615 Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Archaeological Find, Number 9, 1964
- 624 Robert Bechtle, ’61 Pontiac, 1968
- 628 Malcolm Bailey, Untitled 1969, 1969
- 640 Eva Hesse, No Title, 1970
- 630 George Segal, Walk, Don’t Walk, 1976
- 527 Nam June Paik, V-yramid, 1982
- 648 Scott Burton, Pair of Two-Part Chairs, Obtuse Angle, 1984
- 505 Elizabeth Murray, Children Meeting, 1978
- 526 Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Don’t Need Another Hero), 1987