Art: Scolding Show

Every now & then Manhattan's glassy Museum of Modern Art stages a strange but provocative show. Some visitors are impervious; others leave with their bonnets abuzz. Last week, on the somewhat dusty subject, "Are Clothes Modern?," the" Museum confronted visitors with some sharp displays and comments by Austrian-born Architect-Designer Bernard Rudofsky. On the thesis that clothes are always artificial, often absurd, sometimes harmful, the exhibition ranged from clanky chest armor to bird-cage bustles.

"Are Clothes Modern?" jeers at the world and his wife for wearing symmetrical shoes on unsymmetrical feet, for walking on the punishing pavements of cities when resilient plastic composition...

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