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A short film by the director of 12 Years a Slave will screen at MoMA this summer

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Joshua Rothkopf
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Steve McQueen, the filmmaker, shares a famous name with a legendary Hollywood action hero, but his work is very much his own. Apart from movies like Shame, Hunger and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, McQueen has plenty of contemporary video art to his name. (He's no mere dabbler, either: His gallery work has won him Britain's Turner prize, their Academy Award for visual arts.) Beginning May 6, MoMA will install McQueen's Static, a digital projection completed in 2009. The piece is an aerial helicopter shot swirling around the Statue of Liberty at varying degrees of closeness. Depending on your vantage point, the torch-bearing beacon of American virtue will either seem distant, mighty, ominous or welcoming. Static gains in resonance the more you watch it. MoMA will feature the installation through the summer.

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