I HATE THE NAME KENNETH at the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum, New York, presents Ken Aptekar discussing his work on view in the Permanent Collection: I Hate the Name Kenneth (1996) in a video produced for the museum in 2008. In this work Ken Aptekar juxtaposes text and images to explore aspects of his own family, identity, and personal beliefs. According to the museum’s statement, “his complex work…

Ken Aptekar toys with masterpieces from the past by using the history of art as his playground. He time-travels old paintings into the present by his sly repainting joined to his witty, disarming and intimate texts. Here’s the idea: Paintings are nothing on their own, they start to mean something only when you talk back…