NYC | Dan Graham, MET Roof Garden Commission 2014

Place: New York, Country: United States
MET - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 29 - November 2, 2014
Text by Riccardo Bianchini
Images courtesy of MET

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The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt
MET – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is quite a special place. Overlooking Central Park it is a venue that the MET reserves for on-site installations and special events. This year it houses a brand new pavilion by the American artist Dan Graham, realised in collaboration with the Swiss landscape designer Günther Vogt.
Graham, whose work is also featured in the 917 and 918 galleries at the MET’s second floor, and include writing, photography, video and performance, is also renowned for its hybrid-works mid-way between architecture and sculpture, often realized in metal and mirrored glass, that Graham calls “pavilions”.

The project that Graham developed for the MET commission, entitled Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, plays with architectural archetypes such as the maze and the modern curtain-wall reflective façades, creating a surprising environment where real ivy plants, artificial grass, curved mirrored glass and steel invite people to creatively approach the installations and at the same time represent an allusion to various urban spaces, from suburban lawns to Midtown’s skyscrapers, and a reference to Graham’s personal experience.

The installation can be visited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Roof Garden, through November 2, 2014.
More info at: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/dan-graham

Photographs: Hyla Skopitz, The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Copyright 2014.

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