New York artist Nancy Hwang just wants to bring people together, to give a little of herself to them and call it art. She has given people manicures, shampoos and massages and served them drinks as part of her artistic practice. Equal parts performance, therapy session and personal grooming: It's a good gig but also thoughtful artmaking. Perched on a couch in the Kemper's atrium, Hwang interacted with folks who had the nerve to sit down in a quiet museum and chat up a perfect stranger. At the end of her work, titled This Is Not a Couch, she had a little gathering to bring all the participants together, hoping to initiate connections and establish relationships. Who could begrudge her that?
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