Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
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This audio guide features commentary by artist Jeff Koons, Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney's Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Michelle Kuo, editor of Artforum magazine, and Amy Adler, the Emily Kempin Professor at New York University Law School.


NARRATOR: Koon’s Hulk (Organ) is a real, working organ, though it is not meant to be played in this exhibition. As Koons explains, it’s extremely loud. 

JEFF KOONS: For the Hulk Organ, I worked with the organ builder who made the organ for the Disney concert hall. The organ's as loud as a helicopter and there's no volume control. For the sound of the organ, I did not want something that made beautiful sound and perfect pitch, but . . . and it doesn't have every key. I would play for him a race car, the sound of a race car called the Tijuana Taxi. [makes percussive noises] 

But I wanted to make a body of work that could have a dialogue between Eastern and Western culture. That you could look at the Hulk and you could think of the Western cartoon figure of the Hulk. A symbol of somebody powerful.

But at the same time you could think of Eastern guardian gods. These gods that'll greet you at a temple. They're there as a protector, but at the same time they can become very, very violent and just tear the house down. The Hulks are like that, they're really high-testosterone symbols.


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