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Shut up, Siri

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“You won’t believe it,” Eva Hesse began in a 1970 interview with Cindy Nemser. “I was told by the doctor that I have the most incredible life he ever heard. Have you got tissues?” The pivotal post-minimal sculptor died that year of a brain tumour at age 34. But she died as she lived, tragically, and this was apparent at a reading of her diaries at Hauser & Wirth on 12 April by the Guggenheim’s senior curator Jennifer Blessing and Andrew Savage, the visual artist and guitarist for the band Parquet Courts. “Love between complex people can never be easy,” he read, from a time shortly before Hesse’s divorce. “Initially I felt different, but now I am once more left with myself—” Suddenly in the audience, for no reason at all, someone’s Siri chimed in, offering a rupturingly chipper: “I’m not sure what you said there!” Savage turned in its direction and repeated: “Now I am once more left with myself.”