Diaspora Cloud, 2017 by Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz’s Diaspora Cloud features a cloud floating against a blue background and cites an earlier work of Muniz’s, which was commissioned by Creative Time: Clouds, (from 2001), a “low tech illusion,” wherein clouds were “drawn” over the Manhattan skyline by a crop-dusting plane re-worked for skywriting. Diaspora Cloud, in title and image, may suggest a geographically and temporally dispersed public coming together to imagine new, if ephemeral, forms of community.


About Vik Muniz

Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Muniz’s Perfect Strangers is installed at the newly-opened 72nd Street subway station in New York City.


Vik Muniz’s Diaspora Cloud was on view June 6th – July 3rd, 2018 at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX
Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT
City of Bloomington, Indiana, Seminary Park, 546 S College Avenue; City Hall, 401 N Morton Street; and Rosehill Cemetery, 1100 W 4th Street
The Commons, in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University, 357 Benefit Street, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Otis College of Art and Design, MFA Art + Social Practice, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI
SPACE, 536 Congress Street, Portland, ME
Texas State Galleries, 233 West Sessom Drive, San Marcos, TX
The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th Street, Omaha, NE
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Wassaic Project, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ


Creative Time has previously worked with Vik Muniz on Clouds and the Creative Time Summit.


Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli