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Between April 29 and November 2nd 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden in Manhattan will host a collaboration between Dan Graham and Gunther Vogt, in a project engaging the dialectics implicit in the urban landscape.

For the installation, a wavy steel and glass pavillion commissioned from Graham is situated amid trained ivy hedgerows, moveable Burri lounge chairs and manufactured turf, eliciting the mellow sublime of Suburbia six stories above Central Park. Subtle topography choreographs movement around the pavillion. Vernacular garden-variety climbers are planted against the pergola.  It is the restraint of this formal composition that facilitates the surreal cognitive and sensual pleasures of the space : a simultaneous blurring of the public and the personal, of content and context.

It is a space that is activated by the implicit participation of its proximate public. Indeed its extraordinary physical location as well the ad hoc congregations of museum visitors laying on the grass, animating the mirrored surfaces, both watching and being watched, both looking out and looking in, are critical materials to the work itself. The work occupies a threshold between introversion and extroversion, both projecting and reflecting ambient atmospheres, generating a condition both more intimate and more panoramic than its actual footprint.

 

© Christian Vogt