"No, No, No, No!"
September 11 - November 8 1987
“Two color monitors placed in the window played one of Nauman’s most recent videos, that of a clown jumping up and down shouting ‘No, No, No, No!’ endlessly. Nauman’s videos confront the viewer with behavior normally though unacceptable. The clown’s simple declarative statement takes on new meaning and creates tension and anxiety for the viewer.
-From The New Museum Annual Report, 1988
For his 1987 video “No, No New Museum (Clown Torture Series),” which is in this show, he hired an actor to humiliate himself: wearing bright clown regalia and makeup, the man does nothing but jump up and down yelling “No, no, no, no!” at the top of his lungs. An assaulting bit of work, it suggests that the raging infant is never far from the surface.
Courtesy the Artist and New Museum Archive