Jenny Holzer's light projections of poetry and declassified
documents illuminate landmark New York City buildings, September 29
- October 9.
At Rockefeller Center and The New York Public Library, poems by Wisława Szymborska,
Yehuda Amichai, Henri Cole, Mahmoud Darwish, and other celebrated writers will
move across the nighttime facades, encompassing the reader with the power of
language to educate and console. At Bobst Library, New York University, Holzer
will project recently declassified United States government documents released
under the Freedom of Information Act. The artist's public presentation of these
documents, her first in New York, explores the need to achieve a just and workable
balance between secrecy and transparency.
For nearly a decade, light projections have been a critical component of Jenny
Holzer's artistic practice. The moving projections, akin to credits scrolling
at the end of a film, allow the artist to work demonstratively with the ephemeral.
The cityscape and surrounding architecture are involved; spaces, people, and
time are included in an affirming gesture. Linking Holzer's early street-based
practice to her long-standing engagement with the media, tactics, and content common
to the world of advertising and news, the projections have enabled the artist
to continue to reach publics and passersby. Whether in urban or rural settings,
using her own writings or those of others, the ambition of each projection remains
"I show what I can with words in light and motion in a chosen place, and when
I envelop the time needed, the space around, the noise, smells, the people looking
at one another and everything before them, I have given what I know." - Jenny