The Jewish Museum hopes to display a multi-story mural installed at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 92nd Street with the neon-blue message, ‘All the Stars in the Sky have the Same Face‘. It was originally designed in 2011 by American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, with lettering in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
The mural’s positive message will cover a portion of the structure’s ornate French Renaissance facade for this temporary art installation, and requires a nod from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, who must sign off on the installation for temporary bracket channels and steel anchors that will be drilled into the limestone facade. A public hearing was held on May 12, 2020. Stay tuned for a decision possibly in June.
The Bronx-born artist, Lawrence Weiner (born 1942), is known for his minimalistic conceptual work which often takes the form of thought-provoking typographic texts.
Weiner is not new to installations at the Jewish Museum ~ Nor is this current concept. His large-scale drawing, No Tree No Branch, was on display in the Museum’s lobby in 2012. This piece was a re-work of an original Yiddish saying “All the Stars in the Sky Have the Same Face‘ in Hebrew, English and Arabic ~ and a perfect installation to bring back to the Museum during the times we live in now.
In the above video, Lawrence Weiner: Time Space Existence, Weiner explores the relationship between art, artist and viewer, showing many of his past installations including ‘No Tree No Branch’ at The Jewish Museum.
If approved by Landmarks, ‘All the Stars in the Sky Have the Same Face’ will be on view from 90-120 days, with unveiling date yet to be shared. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street in Carnegie Hill, NYC.