NYC: Jenny Holzer on the Guggenheim

September 26, 2008 · Print This Article

via Art Observed:
Jenny Holzer’s site-specific design for the facade of the Soloman R. Guggenheim museum is now on display. The Guggenheim commissioned the piece to mark the completion of the museum’s three-year restoration project. The piece is a light projection of political statements about terrorism and the Iraq war along with poems by Nobel Prize recipient and Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. The work was inaugurated September 22 when Mayor Bloomberg switched on the installation causing the epigrams of white capital letters to cascade down the building. The work entitled “For the Guggenheim” will be on display from sunset to 11 PM every Friday through December with a special showing on New Year’s Eve.

5 thoughts on “NYC: Jenny Holzer on the Guggenheim”

  1. I love the way the building gets darker towards the top, intensifying the lettering. I’d like to see what it looks like from the sides – away from the projector vantage point. Can you still read it? Interesting fragility, echoing communication itself…

    The image has a kind of retro feel to it, maybe its a combination – the quality of the black and white and the bee-hive hairdo shape or the old-TV-show-futuristic-building-made-of-cardboard look of the Guggenheim. (I have a vivid imagination). I expect to see a vintage car on the street instead of the station wagon…and it makes the text authoritative and sinister, like science fiction. If only it were only that!

  2. Richard says:

    I love Jenny Holzer’s early work, groundbreaking, exciting, but this stuff has not aged well in my opinion.

  3. Sandy says:

    Hello! In light of the current events, it would be great if you could do a show about how the crisis in our financial market system is going to effect art market/musems/artists/galleries, etc.

  4. Richard says:

    Sounds great! If there are people with economic expertise your could suggest we’d love to talk to them.

  5. duncan. says:


    Look for the upcoming Art Fag City and Ed Winkleman episodes to address this in part.

    But no one really knows.


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