Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree + Follow This Line ~ to open in February, 2019




Installation view of Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree (1970), part of the Walker Art Center exhibition, 9 Artists/9 Spaces. This was the artist’s landmark 375-foot bridge in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Image via Walker + The Public Art Fund

The Iranian-born, American sculpture artist, Siah Armajani is best known for his works of public art in bridges, gazebos, gardens, and reading rooms across the United States and Europe.

This February, he will arrive in New York with a two-pronged installation and exhibition. The outdoor component will be featured by The Public Art Fund in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the installation of Bridge Over Tree (1970), which was first exhibited as a temporary installation at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis nearly fifty years ago (1970). It will consist of a 91-foot-long walkway with open, trussed sides and a shingled roof, with a set of stairs at the midpoint that climb and descend over a small evergreen tree.  The installation will be located on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree is curated by The Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume.

The original concept and installation by Armajani was created as an outdoor, site-specific piece for the Walker Art Center’s 9 Artists/9 Spaces exhibition (featured image above).

image via The Met Breuer

Coinciding with The Public Art Fund installation, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line will be on view at The Met Breuer. Featuring nearly one hundred works made over the past 60 years, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line will be the first major U.S. retrospective of the preeminent Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani (b. 1939). The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

The Met Breuer exhibition is accompanied by a major publication by the Walker Art Center featuring new scholarship on Armajani, an illustrated chronology, and artist’s texts, as well as contributions by artists Nazgol Ansarinia, Sam Durant, Barbad Golshiri, and Slavs and Tatars. Lead support for the catalogue is provided by the Lannan Foundation. An exhibition tour will take place on Tuesday, March 19 from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Siah Armajani: Follow This Line at The MET Breuer will be on view from February 20 through June 2, 2019.


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