Dammit, beaten to the punch!
“Fandom is less like being in love than like being in love with love.” – Michael Joseph Gross.
“Is it possible to tell the history of popular culture, not through celebrities, sports teams, or television shows, but through their fans? The exhibition Love to Love You brings together artists who explore fandom as a unique opportunity for shared social experience and extreme personal obsession. For many, being a fan means entering a fantasy world of devotion. Fandom transcends material consumption and becomes a fictional space in which people play out their hopes and dreams. In this sense, looking at fans tells us more about the emotional and cultural attachments we form to objects than about popular culture itself. Using a variety of artistic approaches, the artists in this exhibition explore the lived experience of fandom as both a personal and social force. These artists present fans, not as passive spectators, but active participants in culture.”
From the Love To Love You, Exhibition Brochure from The Massachusets Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) http://issuu.com/massmoca/docs/lovetoloveyou