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Global Artwork Happening Here

If you read ARTNews, you might have already heard about the upcoming, largest-ever, global installation of "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner) by late artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. If not, let me tell you this artwork is nothing short of ambitious, and I am pumped to be included!

Andrea Rosen Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery co-representatives of the Gonzalez-Torres estate are presenting this work. The invitation I received from them began with, we "invite you, and 999 other diverse invitees, to become an active part of the total “site” of an expansive physical exhibition. You are invited to be a “place” in the official installation of a work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in the location of your choosing, by following the parameters of this exhibition:" How could I possibly say no to that?!

The exhibition is in response to Covid-19 and seeks to reflect on this unique moment in history. According to a statement by Andrea Rosen, "Like many of Gonzalez-Torres's works, including his candy works and paper stacks, "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner) addresses the capacity for immortality through regeration, heightened by the experience of loss within these works." The work will be exhibited internationally by a group of 1000 people to each manifest the work as a "place" as one part of a total "site." Invitees are given a specific set of instructions for installation and will include between 240-1000 cookies in their pile to be regenerated once during the exhibition.

I have chosen to locate the site for my place at my studio and residence. While it would be permissible for me to locate the work within my own private space, I want it to be accessible to more people than my immediate family. I want to share the work with as many people as possible within my own community. We could all use something to feel positive about right now.

The other requirements of being a "place" for the exhibition include photo and video documentation as well as reflection relating to the exhibition. Some suggested questions for consideration include: "Did the experience provide a sense of continuity or connection with others? Did you feel like you were part of a whole? Or did it emphasize your sense of isolation?"

Documentation of this physical exhibition as a whole will be viewable on the websites of both Andrea Rosen Gallery and David Zwirner.

The work will be on show from May 25 - July 5, 2020. I will be announcing details regarding the location in the greater Des Moines metro area shortly. Further, you can also follow along on my instagram @amendatate or website www.amendatate.com for local documentation. As the work has already prompted me to deeply consider specific themes, I have plans in the works for a secondary community-engaged project that will connect more specifically to Iowans. Stay tuned for your invitation to participate in that!

Links to more information about "Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner):






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