FOR THE GUGGENHEIM: THE NEW NATURE OF TEXT

In 2008, Jenny Holzer recast the iconic façade of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City with new light. Every Friday night from September 26 – December 31, Holzer’s text-based light project filled the face of the building with bits of borrowed poetry. Words scrolled upward in white, bold, all capital letters – the words came from the Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska. The project occurred at the end of a years-long restoration of the Guggenheim: the Museum had been fenced in by scaffolding so architects, structural engineers, and conservators could prepare for its 50th anniversary in 2009 (Guggenheim Museum Website). Continue reading “FOR THE GUGGENHEIM: THE NEW NATURE OF TEXT”