Saturday, February 10, 2018
Works from the Anna Pierrepont Series featured in City Key [including a meditation on cities falling out of love with monuments]
Thanks to Ayesha Hamid for featuring works from the Anna Pierrepont Series in the exploration of the city of mind, The City Key.
I received notification of the publication sitting on a ledge in the enormous and darkened room especially built to hold the Temple of Dendur at the Met.
The lights had been turned low and the Met was offering an evening reception for arts educators.
My words describe the process within which cities fall out of love with public monuments. I wrote them during the fall.
I was reading them in the following February in a room surrounded by the detritus from this process that the Met (for some reason) had chosen to valorize as I paged through my images of objects and empty spaces in NYC that are in the midst of the same transformation in the mind of this city that resulted in the Temple of Dendur ending up in Manhattan.
One statue featured is of Africa from the façade of the Customs House in the Battery in Lower Manhattan. A classical nude with her head slumping onto her bare chest with her right arm slumped over a sphinx and her left slumped over a lion.