Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Chronotopes & Dioramas

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Chronotopes & Dioramas
Library Shelf Location 18.GONZ
Publication Date 2010
Description Published on the occasion of the exhibition: CHRONOTOPES & DIORAMAS, A NEW PROJECT BY DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER AT THE HISPANIC SOCIETY A new project by Paris and Rio de Janeiro based artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. For this site-specific project, Gonzalez-Foerster takes as her point of departure the Hispanic Society’s internationally renowned research library. For this project, Gonzalez-Foerster has chosen to treat a 3,700 square foot gallery located within the former Museum of the American Indian as an “annex” to the Society’s main library. Here, the artist will augment the library’s holdings of contemporary Iberian and Latin American literature with a selection of texts, both well-known and personally significant. In the center of the gallery space, Gonzalez-Foerster will construct an approximately 50 foot wide, floor to ceiling structure containing three large-scale dioramas. Inspired by traditional natural history museum displays, the dioramas will depict three terrains - the tropics, the desert, and the North Atlantic. Traces of man-made interventions will be evident in each landscape, whose scenes will be rendered by a team of specialists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Additionally, a variety of quotations and texts will be printed onto the exterior of the dioramas in a panoramic calligram and will be immediately visible upon entering the gallery. Gonzalez-Foerster’s three topographies will each contain various forms of literature ranging across works by J.G. Ballard, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Samuel Delany, and Clarice Lispector. Books will be sited in the dioramas, like the flora and fauna specimens of natural history habitat displays, as if they were the ‘indigenous inhabitants’ of each terrain. This publication explores the installation’s key themes through a selection of scholarly texts and full-color, documentary images. Among the contributors is Spanish novelist and essayist Enrique Vila-Matas who will contribute a new text. Vila-Matas’ most recent book, Bartleby & Co will be incorporated into one of the dioramas.
ISBN 9780944521571
Quantity 1
Pages 88
Author Enrique Vila-Matas
Format Hardback
Publisher Dia Art Foundation
Related Artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Category Installation
Keywords Literature, Text in Art
Artist's Nationality Brazilian, Latin American
Language English

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