18 Wooster Street
The Garden Party was an exhibition and performance program that attempted to create a contemporary version of the fête champêtre, following the art-historical theme of the erotic garden established by Giorgione and Manet.
Following the Deitch Projects tradition, the interior of the gallery was rebuilt under the direction of architect Lindy Roy to accommodate The Garden Party. The exhibition featured a number of ambitious works, the largest of which was Paola Pivi’s Untitled (Slope), a forty-foot-long grass-covered slope that gallery visitors were encouraged to roll down. Among the other ambitious works were Olafur Eliasson’s Anti-Gravity Cone, a reverse fountain last seen in the artist’s installation at the Danish pavilion in the 2003 Venice Biennale. At the center of the gallery was a new sculpture of a plasticized wisteria tree by the Miami artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez. Two Love Park benches by Ghada Amer surrounded the sculpture.
On the mezzanine was a re-creation of Noritoshi Hirakawa’s 1997 Deitch Projects exhibition Garden of Nirvana. Visitors were invited to remove their underpants (white only) and hang them from the chandelier-like devices used by Japanese women to dry their underpants above their bathtubs. When filled with white underpants, the work blooms into a Garden of Nirvana.
Also included in the exhibition was one of Yoko Ono’s famous Wish Trees, a rotating painted sculpture by Ryan McGinness, a video installation by Hernan Bas, a molded-plastic campfire by Martin Honert, miniature crawling businessmen by Momoyo Torimitsu, a tree- trunk sculpture by Liza Lou, and a spectacular sculpture by the Indian artist Ravinder Reddy entitled Woman Under a Tree. The entrance to the gallery featured Garden #6, a wall work by assume vivid astro focus that spread onto the floor.
The Garden Party was activated by performances, starting with Chewing up the Scenery by the Citizens Band, and a special performance to mark the spring equinox by Julie Atlas Muz, entitled Deflowered.
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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