Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss, 14 Sep 2016 — 25 Sep 2016

Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

Park Avenue Armory, Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue

Taryn Simon is an enigmatic and groundbreaking artist whose practice involves rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy, often underscoring our operational and emotional vulnerabilities. A conceptual artist working primarily with image and text, Simon breaks form with her first ever directed performance in which she considers the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe.

Each night at sundown, more than thirty professional mourners populate Simon’s sculptural installation, broadcasting their lamentations. The status of the lamenters as professionals—performing away and apart from their usual contexts—underscores the tension between authentic and staged emotion, spontaneity and script. Open during the daytime, visitors are invited to activate the sculpture of inverted wells with their own sounds.  A subtle drone created from distilled recordings of the mourners’ rituals provides a white noise that echoes the evening performances.

The resulting work blends sculpture, sound, architecture, and performance in a monumental exploration of the boundaries of grief between living and dead, past and present, performer and viewer.

Contacts & Details
tue, wed, thu 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; fri 12:00 pm – 10:00 am; sat, sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


T: +1 212 616 3930
M: info@armoryonpark.org

Park Avenue Armory, Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue

My Art Guides Art Spaces’ Dashboard
Update your art space’s profile with all current and upcoming shows and keep yourselves on the map