Jenny Holzer

MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

May 28, 2017 – 2032

Production | Installation Grant

Set to be artist Jenny Holzer’s longest running and largest exhibition to date, her project creates an immersive environment in which legible texts overlap and ride into a surround of white light and language. Using multiple projectors, Holzer transforms the renovated 10,000 square foot gallery in MASS MoCA’s Building 6 into a flooded meeting place of bodies, words, and visual subtleties. The installation is intended to be on view for a minimum duration of 15 years, and follows in MASS MoCA’s tradition of long-term installations, such as the exhibition of wall drawings by Sol LeWitt. In conjunction with the May 2017 opening, MASS MoCA also installed a temporary exhibition of early Holzer works, including rarely seen sketchbooks, notebooks, hand-drawn posters, and paintings.

Holzer developed a campus-wide series of works in other media, including her celebrated stone benches and electronic signage, as well as free smartphone apps that create augmented reality projections across the museum campus, onto surrounding neighborhoods and hillsides.

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Jenny Holzer, For North Adams, 2017, Light Project. Courtesy of Mass MoCA. Photo: Ash Ferlito, Jake Forney.

Jenny Holzer, Ribs, Barricade, 2017, LED sign, blue diodes, stainless steel housing. Courtesy of Mass MoCA. Photo: David Dashiell.

Jenny Holzer, Lustmord Table, 2017, human bones, engraved silver bands, wooden table. Courtesy of Mass MoCA. Photo: David Dashiell.