Tompkins Sq. Park
Anselm Kiefer - The Starry Heavens Above Us, and the Moral Law Within (1969)
During the last 3,500 years, it is estimated that the world has had a total of 230 years in which no wars took place.
Ever Ephemeral: Remembering and Forgetting in the Archive, 2011
Ever Ephemeral: Remembering and Forgetting in the Archive explores the contradictions between ephemerality and permanence. The exhibition takes up archiving and historical representation, personal and collective history and their relations to chronology, and how art and artifact can give history form.
After Felix Gonzalez-Torres passed away in 1996, he left behind a collection of vintage clocks designed by George Nelson. He reserved the task of distributing his collection to his close friends and collaborators, Julie Ault and Andrea Rosen. Together they dispersed the clocks amongst some of his closest friends. Felix’s fascination with collecting his “optimistic clocks” was influenced and coloured by living with HIV during the most devastating and politically charged years prior to effective antiretroviral medication; in collecting the clocks he was literally “buying time” or “facing time”.
In 2011, as part of her Ph.D. art show, Ault brought the clocks back together into one room so she and Rosen could critically reflect on their previous decision of distributing the clocks. This show was installed twice in 2011 and the clocks are once again scattered across this delicate world.
One of the best shows I saw in NYC: Macho Man Tell it To My Heart (from the collection of Julie Ault)
W.B. Robinson, Floating Smallpox Hospital, Circa 1904