Leaving history exposed

These photos are from the MOMA PS1 gallery in Brooklyn New York. MOMA decided to only very gently refurbish the old school building and leave the layers of paint and history fully intact in the staircases. I don’t intend to leave our staircase this raw, but the visit reminded me that that every surface need not be entirely re-made smooth and new. Sometimes leaving a little bit of the past story exposed is a good thing.

P.S. Isn’t the painting of a mouse in the bottom left in a hole brilliant? It is a piece by Alexis Rockman and was created for the 1997 group show Vertical Paintings. It is part of a series of magical animals rendered in gouache in Staircase B. Maybe we need one of those too!


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