In the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, I encounter three figures standing before a massive, mounted sculpture almost as big as they are. They stare at the piece, taking it in, and the longer they look, the closer they begin to huddle together.

Half gathered in discussion and half intimidated by the presence before them, these observers contemplate, speculate, and express ideas to one another in a combined effort to understand the maw that stares back at them.