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Pamela Joseph's absurdly entertaining Sideshow is slicker than a carny

But you can't fool all the people all the time, and there are certain truths I hold to be self-evident. When a Texan starts talking Jesus, you must keep one hand on your wallet. And when art-world types start talking democracy, you must run, not walk, the other way. Go ahead, indulge your baser instincts. Enjoy the show, but don't be a sucker. Forty years of such rationalizations, of highfalutin blather about democracy and appealing to the masses, of $5 words gussying up nickel concepts, have led to little more than disingenuous argument about the virtues of Norman Rockwell and Liberace. In short, work like Pamela Joseph's, while entertaining and astonishingly energetic and well-intentioned, paves much of the highway to Art Hell.

"Tiny Town/Conjoined Twins" is one of Pamela Joseph's mixed-media, interactive mechanized works on display at the MAC.
"Tiny Town/Conjoined Twins" is one of Pamela Joseph's mixed-media, interactive mechanized works on display at the MAC.

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On display through October 20. Call 214-953-1212.
McKinney Avenue Contemporary

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