Unpacking Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria
We’re now into our second week of unpacking, condition reporting and installing this impressive show. Having had the responsibility and pleasure of inspecting every object in the show, I’m really looking forward to the doors being opened soon and folks getting the rare opportunity to see these important artworks.
In many ways it’s not just hard but impossible to imagine such an archive being created today considering that so many of the decisions and discussions around contemporary projects are conducted over lost over the internet.
Constructed of steel-reinforced poured concrete, only the outer shell remains. The once grand interior has been gutted by fire and stripped of anything of value. The staircase leading to the second floor and rear loading platform has been reduced to a steel frame covered by loose wood planks. Though unused for decades this colossal structure still has beauty. This building is very deserving of a second life. - Gary Indiana | A City’s Ruins
Today at 1pm Jean Tinguely’s monumental sculpture will come back to life in the new Commons building. It will spin, twist, clank, and surprise; check out out my column on Art21’s Blog for more information and come on out to the celebration today.