Everything we love is about to die, and that is why everything must be summed up, with all the high emotion of farewell, in something so beautiful we shall never forget it. --- Michel Leiris  

 
 

(vessels)

August 2014 - ongoing

 

1) Photographs of vessels taken in museums. (see videos below)

2) Each image is named after a Facebook friend and posted on FB on their birthday. FB as vessel, venue and calendar.

3) Link to the Facebook collection

 

 

 

 

 
 

 january 2015, october 2014 (click here for more videos)

 

Images are also collected in books, one for each month:

2016

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(vessels)

Facebook as a site for longing.

The images interrupt the busy flux and noise of timelines for an instant of silence: mysterious, introspective still-lives of vessels in museum collections. each specifically named.

I name each after a friend on Facebook on their birthday (and post the image on their Timeline). They become a calendar of times past, of love.  this naming strategy is a funnel for the thousands of images in my archive, dripping each day, one day gained, another lost. 

Vessels are a basic need.  Every culture in every age develops those utensils and inscribes into them their worldviews.  That is why they are used to date archeological sites.  Fossils of their former utilitarian lives, they are the black boxes of society.

This series documents them through museums around the world.  There are the very old ones (pre-historic even), the everyday ones, the ritual ones, the ornate and the purely functional.  They are chosen for their idiosyncrasies, for their visual presence, for their capacity to hold a universe in their self-absorption.  More often than not in their original contexts, the busy shelves of museums, they are hidden in plain sight, invisible in the palaces of looking.  Isolated though, they sing.

 

 

vessels, 2014-ongoing

 

Greece

 

Kerameikos Museum, Athens

Archeological Museum, Olympia

Benaki Museum Of Islamic Art, Athens

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

The Benaki Museum, Athens

National Archeological Museum, Athens

Acropolis Museum, Athens

Museum Of Prehistoric Thera, Fira, Santorini

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Historical Museum of Crete. Heraklion

archeological museum Fira, Santorini.

Akrotiri Prehistoric Town Archeological site, Santorini

Archeological Museum, Chania.

 

Austria

 

Albertina Museum, Vienna

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.

 

Russia

 

The Hermitage, St Petersburg

 

Armenia

 

Erebuni Historial & Archaeological Culture Preserve, Yerevan

 

Turkey

 

Istanbul Archeological Museum

Museum Of Turkish And Islamic Art, Istanbul

Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul

Kocaeli Müzesi, Izmit

Imperial Pavillion museum, Izmit

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Istanbul

 

England

 

Manchester Art Gallery

The Wallace Collection. London

British Museum, London

 

Germany

 

Musée ethnologique de Berlin

Altes Museum, Berlin

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin

Egyptian Museum, Berlin

 

Belgium

 

Art & History Museum, Brussels

Old St. John's Hospital, Gent

M. M van Museum, Leuven

 

the Netherlands

 

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 

France

 

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

 

Portugal

 

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

Palácio da Pena, Cascais

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

Museu de São Roque, Lisbon

Casa Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon

Museu do Oriente, Lisbon

FRESS Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, Lisbon

Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves, Lisbon

Palácio Nacional de Mafra

Museu de Évora

Palace of Queluz.

Palácio Pimenta, Lisbon

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

Palace of Sintra

Tesouro da Misericórdia, Viseu

Museu Nacional Grão Vasco, Viseu

Museu de Lamego

Museu Soares dos Reis, Porto

Museu Romântico do Porto

MMIPO - Museu e Igreja da Misericórdia do Porto

Church of São Francisco, Porto

 

U.S.A.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

The Met Cloisters, NYC

Brooklyn Museum, NYC

American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Winter Antiques Show, NYC

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

National Gallery of Art, Washington

National Museum of The American Indian, NYC

The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA

New-York Historical Society

The Jewish Museum, NYC

Art Institute, Chicago

Snite Museum of Art, South Bend IN

 

Italy

 

Palermo Cathedral

Museo Mandralisca, Cefalu

Museo Archeologico Regionale, Agrigento

Palazzo Mirto., Palermo

Museo G. Whitaker, Mozia

Palazzo Della Zisa, Palermo

Museo Diocesano di Palermo (MuDiPa)

Galleria di Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, Syracuse

Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Reggio Calabria

Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

San Lorenzo, Florence.

Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Florence

National Archaeological Museum, Florence

Museo Degli Argenti, Florence

Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Casa Buonarroti, Florence

Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Florence

Museo Nazionale Di Palazzo Bellomo. Syracuse

 

Mexico

 

Museo de Sitio de la Cultura Teotihuacana

Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, DF

Museo Soumaya, DF

Museo Del Templo Mayor, Centro Histórico De La Ciudad De Mexico

Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli, DF

Museo Nacional de Antropología, DF

 

Spain

 

Museo Arqueológico Nacional de España, Madrid

Museo de América, Madrid

Museum of Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid

 

Morocco

 

Marrakech Museum

Musee Dar Si Said, Marrakech

Musée Nejjarine des Arts et Métiers du Bois, Fez

Musée de la Fondation Abderrahman Slaoui, Casablanca

Musée De Cinéma, Ouarzazate

Musee Tiskiwin, Marrakech

 

Brasil

 

Museu Do Açude, Rio de Janeiro

Palácio Do Catete - Museu Da República, Rio de Janeiro

Museu do Folclore Edison Carneiro, Rio de Janeiro

Museu das Culturas Dom Bosco, Campo Grande

Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

Casa Museu Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro

MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

Museu Solar Monjardim, Vitória

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo

 

Chile

 

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago

 

Korea

 

National Museum of Korea, Seoul