At the Museum of the Moving Image, Simon Norfolk’s Moving Image of a Movie Theater

THE DAILY PIC: Are cinemas so precious, they are worth targeting?

Simon Norfolk. Bullet-scarred outdoor cinema at the Palace of Culture in the Karte Char district of Kabul, 2002. Edition of 10. Digital C-print. 40 x 50 inches. Collection of Dr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Kennedy. Image courtesy of Simon Norfolk/Benrubi Gallery. On view in the exhibition "Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact" at Museum of the Moving Image, November 7, 2015–April 10, 2016.

Simon Norfolk. Bullet-scarred outdoor cinema at the Palace of Culture in the Karte Char district of Kabul, 2002. Edition of 10. Digital C-print. 40 x 50 inches. Collection of Dr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Kennedy. Image courtesy of Simon Norfolk/Benrubi Gallery. On view in the exhibition "Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact" at Museum of the Moving Image, November 7, 2015–April 10, 2016.

THE DAILY PIC (#1467): Okay, so a guilty confession: I just made my first visit to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, for its first show of contemporary fine art, called “Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact.” Maybe because it was my first visit, I was particularly struck by this 2002 photo by Simon Norfolk, titled Bullet-scarred Outdoor Cinema at the Palace of Culture in the Karte Char District of Kabul. I don’t imagine that the cinema was specially targeted for attack, any more than any other large public structure, but the photo still does a nice job of standing for the centrality of movies in almost the entire world’s cultural life, and for the fragility of the norms and technologies that make moviegoing possible. (Collection of Dr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Kennedy; image courtesy of Simon Norfolk/Benrubi Gallery)

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