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6/10th of a Second, Nora Herting 2008
In 2004, artist Nora Herting came across a statistic in Harper’s magazine that the average museum patron spends just 6/10th of a second on each work of art during a visit to a museum. This information became the catalyst for Herting’s video installation 6/10th of a Second. To create this work, Herting downloaded images of the entire collection of major international museums. The images are compiled into a video and each image is shows for 6/10th of a second. Viewers see art collections, such as those in the Whitney
About the artist: Norah Herting straddles many artistic media, from performance to video to photography. She received her MFA from Ohio State University in 2005, and since, has exhibited extensively in the Midwest. She is currently using the vehicle of mass-market studio portraits (such as K-Mart portraits or school pictures) to create a series of photographs via collaborations with school children. Herting lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
–Paho Mann, Asst. Professor of Photography, University of North Texas