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Jenny Holzer at MASS MoCA

  • Exhibition

  • On view through at least 2018
  • MASS MoCA

Jenny Holzer’s concise, often enigmatic writings infiltrate public life and consciousness through everyday objects such as LED panels and stone benches, as well as her paintings and sculpture. She is best known for her light projections, begun when she illuminated the banks of the Arno River with her writings in 1996. In these projections, which have now appeared in over 40 cities in 20 countries, stark block lettering is thrown onto landscapes and architecture, creating ephemeral graffiti that links her early street-based practice to her long-standing engagement with media and tactics common to news and advertising. Following her monumental installation in MASS MoCA’s Building 5 in 2007, which marked her first indoor projection in the U.S., Holzer returns with a campus-wide program, timed to the opening of Building 6 in May 2017. The program includes a large-scale outdoor projection on the side of Building 6, a series of her celebrated carved stone benches located throughout MASS MoCA’s sprawling campus, an exhibition of her early posters, and additional rotating exhibitions of her work in Building 6, spanning the breadth of her career.

View the checklist for Indoor Works.
View the checklist for Outdoor Works.

Jenny Holzer Map

Further Reading
Street Art: Prints and Precedents, Art in Print, October 2011
An Interview with Jenny Holzer, Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, 1990
Jenny Holzer in “Protest”, Art21, November 2007
Jenny Holzer’s Blowtorch in the Darkness, Hyperallergic, January 2017

Jenny Holzer, Truisms: A strong sense of duty…, 1987 (detail)
© 1987 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Jason Wyche

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