Crucifix/Red Cross

25 06 2010

Maren Hassinger presented Crucifix/Red Cross at “Remy Presents: Project Grand Central,” an exhibition curated by Allan Schwartzman that included installations and performance art by Hassinger, Dara Birnbaum, Brian Eno, Jenny Holzer, Senga Nengudi, and Randy Williams. The exhibition was sponsored by Remy Martin.

For the opening reception in the waiting room at Grand Central Terminal, Hassinger turned partiers into “kinetic sculpture.” Hassinger writes that she “wore a bright red suit and put bright red crosses on furniture, walls, and people:” “Red fabric tape was the material I used to “mark” anyone who wanted me to with a red cross. These people than went about their business at the opening socializing, etc. The red crosses made the people stand out in the space – they moved about like kinetic sculpture. The red crosses also brought up other associations – like the American Red Cross, religion, etc. I originally wanted to remove lights in the chandeliers there and replace some of them with red exit lights. At the last minute they denied me permission. So, what to do with just a few hours ’til opening – improvise!”

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Grand Central Terminal, New York

Source: Maren Hassingeri
Title: Crucifixion/Red Cross Rights:
Medium: Comments: Installation and performance presented in “Remy Presents: Project Grand Central,” an exhibition curated by Allan Schwartzman that included work by Hassinger, Dara Birnbaum, Brian Eno, Jenny Holzer, Senga Nengudi, and Randy Williams.  Sponsored by Remy Martin.

Dimensions: Date: 1980
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The River

14 06 2010

Maren Hassinger writes of “The River” that, “The installation conforms to the limits of the space. The installation consists of debris that might be washed ashore during a flood.”

A reviewer described Hassinger’s installation at School 33 Art Center: “The first floor’s ceiling is covered with a thicket of branches and plastic bags and a great beard of dirty, knotted newspaper cascading down like a waterfall of trash, as if the viewer is some mud-dwelling croaker looking up from the bottom of a polluted river. That’s fitting, considering artist Maren Hassinger uses the metaphor of a flowing river sweeping debris downstream to illustrate how trouble travels through families. Her installation, titled simply ‘The River,’ includes a projected video of Hassinger’s interview with a long-lost uncle who unskeins their family’s tangled, incestuous genealogy: Hassinger’s troubled grandmother was the offspring of a white woman and her nephew, the son of her father’s Cherokee mistress.”

See Violet Glaze, “The River, New Work, Ex Libris: Rethinking the Library,” Baltimore City Paper (July 27, 2005).

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository:
Location:  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland Source: Maren Hassinger
Title: The River Rights:
Medium:35mm slide Comments: “The River” is an installation made with tree branches, plastic bags, and old newspapers, with a ten-minute video projection.
Dimensions: Date: June 4-30, 2005




Ceremony for Freeway Fets slide 17

14 12 2009

slide 17

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Los Angeles, California Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Ceremony for Freeway Fets Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Installation, mixed media.  Collaboration between Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Maren Hassinger.  Supported by a CETA Art in Public Spaces grant and CalTrans.
Dimensions: Date: March 1978




Ceremony for Freeway Fets slide 16

14 12 2009

slide 16

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Los Angeles, California Source: Senga Nengudi
Title:  Ceremony  for Freeway Fets Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Collaboration between Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Maren Hassinger.  Supported by a CETA Art in Public Spaces grant and CalTrans.
Dimensions: Date: March 1978




Ceremony for Freeway Fets slide 15

14 12 2009

slide 15

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Los Angeles, California Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Ceremony for Freeway Fets Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Collaboration between Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Maren Hassinger.  Supported by a CETA Art in Public Spaces grant and CalTrans.
Dimensions: Date: March 1978




Ceremony for Freeway Fets slide 14

14 12 2009

slide 14

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Los Angeles, California Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Ceremony for Freeway Fets Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Collaboration between Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Maren Hassinger.  Supported by a CETA Art in Public Spaces grant and CalTrans.
Dimensions: Date: March 1978




Ceremony for Freeway Fets slide 13

14 12 2009

slide 13

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Los Angeles, California Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Ceremony for Freeway Fets Rights:
Medium: 35mm slide Comments: Rojo is the performer pictured in this photograph.  Collaboration between Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Maren Hassinger.  Supported by a CETA Art in Public Spaces grant and CalTrans.
Dimensions: Date: March 1978