Re/collecting: A Centennial Installation by Shimon Attie with Norman Ballard

June 25, 2004 - January 16, 2005

On the occasion of the Jewish Museum’s centennial, artist Shimon Attie, in collaboration with Norman Ballard, presents a year-long, multimedia installation that illuminates the shifting conversations that have shaped the museum’s mission over the last century.

Art objects hovering in free space, and evocative texts that materialize as if written by an unseen hand greet visitors to a dramatic, enclosed environment created by artist Shimon Attie, with technical collaborator Norman Ballard. Commissioned for the Museum’s centennial and presented in two “chapters” throughout 2004, this new artwork evocatively juxtaposes images from the Museum’s collection with fragments of texts that tell the stories of these objects: how they were made, where they came from, how they arrived at the Museum.

Re/collecting: A Centennial Installation is supported by the Barbara S. Horowitz Contemporary Art Fund and the Melva Bucksbaum Contemporary Art Fund.