The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj: Abetare on View

 

 

 

The Met’s highly anticipated 2024 Roof Garden Commission, by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj (born 1986, Kostërc, former Yugoslavia), is now on view through October 27, 2024. For his first major outdoor installation, Halilaj has transformed the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with a sprawling work that explores the intersection of reality and fantasy through the rich world of children’s drawings. The installation’s metal sculptures are inspired by children’s doodles, drawings, and scribblings found on desks at the school he attended in Runik, Kosovo, as well as schools in Albania and countries from the former Yugoslavia, which are now undergoing significant cultural and sociopolitical change. The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj, Abetare is the 11th in the series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space.

The exhibition is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Additional support is provided by the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and the Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation.

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The MET Announces Lauren Halsey as Artist for Spring 2023 Cantor Roof Garden Commission + Nairy Baghramian Commissioned for The Met’s Facade Niches in September & Jacolby Satterwhite will Take Over the Museum’s Great Hall in October

 

 

 

Lauren Halsey. Photo credit: Russell Hamilton, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles and New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that American artist Lauren Halsey has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden for Spring, 2023. Halsey created a full-scale architectural structure imbued with the collective energy and imagination of the South Central Los Angeles Community where she was born and continues to work. Titled the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I), the installation is designed to be inhabited by The Met’s visitors, who are able to explore its connections to sources as varied as ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture, and contemporary visual expressions like tagging that reflect the ways in which people aspire to make public places their own.

If the artists hope was to have her New York viewers feel the connection intuitively, she nailed it. Viewers, young and old, were slowly walking in, out and around this exceptional installation ~ reading and relating her words to their own neighborhoods. This installation was well worth the wait. Lauren Halsey: the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I) will be on view to October 22, 2023.

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