Back in 2011, exactly a decade after the tragedy, a contemporary art show titled “September 11” was open in MoMA PS1. While many other cultural institutions across the States exhibited heavy sentimentalism in their commemorative events, Peter Eleey, curator of the ‘September 11’, adopted a much sober approach, deliberately shying away from any images of the towers, the plane, the smoke and the wreckage. Instead, the exhibition presents only one work made in direct response to the attacks by Ellsworth Kelly, in which the artist proposes to cover the Ground Zero with a simple mound of glass, and another 70 works by 41 artists largely made prior to the event.
Images of the attacks, Eleey argues, ‘were political images from the moment of their making’ and that is why they were not included. The gesture of remembrance without subsuming oneself under the mainstream rhetoric of jingoism was something the show had taught us.
Here is a review of the exhibition by Steven Stern from Frieze.com.
Ellsworth Kelly, Ground Zero, 2003, image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art
In 1983, Muji commissioned Haruomi Hosono to compose in-store background music. These three tracks were created for the project, but only one was used for the store.
The destefashioncollection was conceived by the DESTE Foundation as a novel approach to evaluating and interpreting fashion. Each year between 2007 and 2014, the Foundation commissioned an artist familiar with the fashion industry to reinterpret visually and/or verbally five inspiring designs from that year’s international fashion collections—the selected individual’s five related works then completed a capsule collection.
Our Pearl Strand Earrings and Faux Fox Scarf are part of the Collection curated by Diller Scofio Renfro.
The show is presenting again at The Bass in Miami, FL from APR 27-SEP 2, 2018. Adapted by The Bass in collaboration with the DESTE Foundation, the exhibition design in Miami Beach is created by architect Edwin Chan and marks the first time the collection is exhibited in its entirety within the United States.