Exhibition:
"The Irony of Geology"
Date
July 17 - August 28 1989
Description

The Irony of Geology reveals the irony in society’s tendency to delineate historical periods within the vast continuum of time.  The installation will consist of a diorama evoking several historical periods.  Layers of dirt, brick, and iron filings will be placed against the window, suggesting a stratigraphical cross-section of the earth’s interior.  Above this, Hauft will suspend a map, horizontally, of Manhattan’s Soho district where The New Museum is located.  In reference to the area’s many 19th century cast-iron buildings, the map will consist of piles of iron filings, which will be reconfigured from the rumblings of subway trains underneath the Museum.  The installation will also include a Transit Authority’s arrival schedule for the nearby Prince Street subway station, alluding to seismographic readings of the earth’s movement.

Artist
Copyright
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York
Identifier
7060