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In preparation for a visit by some museum people to our sculpture fields,
Andrei Severny and I have made a short movie showing several of my pieces.
Our visitors will see the real works outdoors in the landscape along with the
more contemplative and focused views of the pieces moving in the movie,
as well as prints showing the pieces.
This combination of real-land pieces, a movie, and still-land images is to
demonstrate the multiplicity of visual experiences available from certain art works.
The name of the proposed show, for many reasons, is Multiplicity.
[This is a large, 33mb, Quicktime file.]
-- Edward Tufte
A presentation to a museum for a show
Today a museum's director and exhibitions director visited the sculpture fields at Hogpen Hill Farms and we have agreement on a substantial ET sculpture and sculpture print show in 2009. I believe museums are much better than commercial galleries for my work; indeed I have avoided dealers entirely. My earlier shows (In New York and Los Angeles) were both at small museums. The 2009 show will be about 10 times larger, with considerable indoor space and a 1.5 acre sculpture garden.
It turned out they had already pretty much decided to offer me a show before they arrived and by about halfway through the 90-minute walking tour we were discussing where certain pieces might go in the museum and its sculpture garden.
We then went indoors and watched the movie (above, but on a 30-inch monitor) and they particularly liked the engraved pieces (second and third in the movie) which they hadn't examined outdoors earlier. So the video served to focus attention on the smaller-scale pieces after a walk around the big works outdoors. I then showed them a print of a small-scale piece to make the argument about the multiplicity of sculptural views in real-land, movie-land, and paper flatland. The movie also made the point that we should show movies in the show.
The overall presentation was self-exemplifying: a sketch, scattered over 20 acres, of what a museum show would look like.
We then negotiated through 12 items and found complete agreement.
The movie helped to shift the focus at a relevant time and to make an good subsidiary point. Of course the more important matter of whether to do the show had been decided by a walking tour several months ago and then reconfirmed by today's walk and talk.
-- Edward Tufte