Art can be…a haunting forest, a looming confessional booth—any metaphorical space that inspires visceral memories. The works in this room evoke sensations of loss or resilience, absence or warning. An iron bar and shoes become a self-portrait, a beaded curtain becomes a metaphor of passage. Looming over the gallery is the brooding form of Martin Puryear’s enigmatic Confessional which suggests an array of associations: an enormous head, a yurt, a vessel, or tomb. The art in this gallery is about triggering responses and forging a connection with the viewer.
The Ives Gallery is one of eight contemporary galleries that opened in 2011 as part of the dynamic Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. These galleries present innovative approaches to the exhibition of contemporary art within the context of the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, offering new perspectives and encouraging connections between art of the present and past.
Sarah Sze, Duped, 2010. Wood, plasticine, black rocks, aloe plant, Windex glass cleaner, LED lamps, extension cord reel, various organic and inorganic materials arranged into forms with hot glue. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.