"Mona Lisa Live" was a live sculpture by Jean-Pierre Khazem. A nude model, wearing a mask of the Mona Lisa’s face, stood on a pedestal beneath a shaft of light in the darkened gallery. The performance took place for two hours each evening, Tuesday through Saturday, April 22 to May 3, 2003, from 6 to 8 PM.
Jean-Pierre Khazem is known for his performance and photographic works with live figures wearing masks. The resulting images, part artificial and part real, are remarkably disconcerting, appearing familiar yet otherworldly at the same time.
Khazem’s astonishingly “realistic” mask of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa was constructed with the best artificial eyes known to medicine, the highest-quality wig, and state-of-the-art modeling techniques. The face appeared to have come to life out of Leonardo’s painting. The most mysterious figure in the history of art was made even more confounding, existing in a meta-reality where the iconic, the artificial, and the real were deliberately confused.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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