Whitney Museum Showing Classic '80s Flick, "Weekend at Bernie's"
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Warhol. Bunuel. Bernie?
"Weekend at Bernie's" is getting the high art treament at the Whitney Museum, where the "high-concept" '80s comedy will be screened as part of a new exhibit about technology in art by Cory Arcangel.
The museum says the 1989 flick, starring Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, is "classic example of the 'high concept' genre of cinema, in which the hook or plot of the movie can be summed up in a sentence, or even the title - a structure mirrored in the work of Cory Arcangel."
Arcangel's exhibit, called Pro Tools, centers on demonstrating films, video games and other products he created using amateur and professional technology.
"All of the works featured in the exhibition—ranging from video games, single channel video, kinetic sculpture, and prints, to pen plotter drawings—have been created by means of technological tools with an emphasis on the mixing and matching of both professional and amateur technologies, as well as the vernaculars these technologies encourage within culture at large," the museum's website said.
A similar work of art, "Weekend at Bernie's" tells the story of two aspiring insurance agents who travel to the their boss' "Hampton Island" vacation home after finding financial irregularities within the company.
As it turns out, Bernie has been killed and they now have to pretend he's still alive while a mafia hit man tries to finish the job.
The screening on June 30 is part of the museum's My Turn public program series, which is curated by artists.
The flick is so culturally dominant that there even a dance move based on it.