A Body in a Museum
photo by William Johnston

A Body in a Museum

  • Nov 5,12, 19, 2017
  • The Met - three locations
  • A Body in a Museum is a new durational work by Eiko commissioned by The Met for its iconic spaces. Using her body, a projector, and her archive of images of the irradiated landscapes of Fukushima, Japan, over the course of 3 consecutive Sundays she will interrogate the physical and conceptual architecture of each of the 3 structures that make up the Metropolitan Museum. By staining the walls of each building with projections as well as her physical presence, Eiko will insist on the porousness of the institution, collapsing space and time to expand the boundaries of the place.

    These events are co-presented by the Metropolitan Museum and Performa's seventh edition of their biennial, Performa 17 titled "CIRCULATIONS" that focuses on the themes of architecture.

    Sunday, November 5 | 10:30am - 4:45pm
    The Met Cloisters

    Sunday, November 12 | 10:30am - 5:15pm
    The Met Breuer

    Sunday, November 19 | 10:30am - 5:15pm
    The Met Fifth Avenue

    These performances are free with museum admission.

    A note from Eiko on the three locations:
    The Cloisters provides a rectangular space with varied textures and a sense of history. At the Breuer, I work in a nearly empty space that allows me to move the projector and the images throughout the gallery, fracturing them. At the Met Fifth Avenue, where the projection must remain stationary, I emphasize a meditative, insistent gaze, which makes my witnessing and remorse palpable.


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    PERFORMA announcement