Dia Center for the Arts presents tropos, a new installation by artist Ann Hamilton, opening to the public on October 7, 1993 at 548 West 22nd Street. The project will continue to be on view through June 19, 1994. Hours are Thursday
through Sunday, l2 noon to 6 pm.
Like Hamilton's other major works from the past eight years, tropos is site-related, temporary and, in part, constituted from organic materials. By subtly altering the windows in this formerly industrial building, Hamilton transforms the space into a self-contained arena, one in which relationships between the interior and exterior are low established aurally instead of visually. In like manner she has also altered the floor so that the irregularities of its surface reveal themselves to the touch - by walking over it - rather than to sight. Two further elements have been incorporated into this carefully nuanced but otherwise deceptively spare site: a human agent and a "field" of horsehair. They extend and expand on her abiding preoccupation with the ways in which we apprehend the world not only (and not necessarily primarily) through language but through the body - that is, via the senses and, metaphorically, via our connectedness to other forms of organic being.
Hamilton has participated in many recent international exhibitions, including the Spoleto Festival, Charleston (1991); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1991); Doubletalce, London and Vierura (1992/3); Sonsbeek 93, Amhem (1993). She has also had numerous one person exhibitions: at Capp Street Project, San Francisco (1989); the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla (1990); the Hirshhorn Museurn, Washington D.C. (1991); MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge (1992); and the Power Plant, Toronto (1993). In 1991 she represenred the United States at the 21st International Saõ Paolõ Bienal in Brazil, and in 1993 was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
tropos was realized with assistance from the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Funding for this project has been provided by the Dia Art Council, the major annual support group of Dia Center for the Arts, and the Dia Art Circle. Support for the 1993-94 exhibitions program has also been provided through a generous grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, lnc.
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