Artist Dan Graham will soon be creating one of his famous sculptural glass pavilions atop the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum commissioned Graham to erect a site-specific piece for its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with the help of Günther Vogt, a Swiss landscape architect who has designed numerous outdoor spaces all across Europe. The rooftop structure will be constructed using a combination of hedge rows and two-way mirrored glass, which will create panels that are both reflective and transparent.
The exhibition is being made possible by Bloomberg, with additional support from Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky. When complete, the pavilion will allow visitors to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden to enjoy incredible views of Central Park and the NYC skyline while engaging with the art piece itself. The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham will be open to the public from April 29th, 2014 through November 2nd, 2014.
Graham’s work often centers around the idea of human interaction with public spaces, and encourages viewers/participants to re-examine their conceptions about their environments, and this new site-specific installation will undoubtedly nudge people to consider the many different facets of the city that surrounds them. A book that shares the same title as the installation has been created to commemorate the piece, and will be published in paperback by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and distributed by Yale University Press.