Union Square Park
Deitch Projects presented an exhibition of Eleven Heavy Things by Miranda July from May 29 through October 3, 2010. The exhibition featured a series of eleven sculptures that encouraged viewer interaction in New York City's Union Square Park. The work was first exhibited in a garden within Giardino delle Vergini for the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. This second incarnation of Eleven Heavy Things marked its United States debut.
The cast fiber-glass, steel-lined pieces were designed for interaction: pedestals to stand on, tablets with holes for body parts, and freestanding abstract headdresses. A series of three pedestals in ascending height, The Guilty One, The Guiltier One, and The Guiltiest One, asked the viewer to ascribe their guilt relative to the people around them. A large flat shape, painted with Burberry plaid, hovered on a pole, waiting to become someone's aura. Another hanging shape looked like an intricate lace headdress. A series of tablets invited heads, arms, legs and one finger: "This is not the first hole my finger has been in, nor will it be the last." A wider pedestal for two people to hug on read, "We don't know each other, we're just hugging for the picture." July assumed and invited the picture - these were eleven photo opportunities, in a city where one was always clutching a camera. Though the work began as sculpture, it became a performance that was only complete when these tourist photos were uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails. At this point, the audience changed and the participants became the subject of the work.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, performer and writer. She grew up in Berkeley, California where she began her career as a teenager, writing and directing plays. July's videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials. She wrote, directed and stared in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d'Or. Her fiction has been printed in McSweeney's, Harper's, and The New Yorker and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007) won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. In 2002, July created the participatory website, learningtoloveyoumore, with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel). She lives in Los Angeles and, at the time, was working on the feature film, The Future.
Eleven Heavy Things was presented by Deitch Projects as its final public project. The work was exhibited in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership. Following the close of Deitch Projects, Eleven Heavy Things was managed by Suzanne Geiss with Alexxa Gotthardt as project coordinator.
Parks & Recreation's temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with art organizations and artists have produced more than 1,000 public art displays in New York City parks.
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Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
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