For the Capitol: A Projection by Artist Jenny Holzer
Beginning at dusk, xenon projections created by American artist Jenny Holzer will cast quotes by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt across the Potomac River and onto Roosevelt Island during the Prelude celebration.
- Sep. 13 - 16, 2007
- River Terrace
- Approx. 4 hours
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As the words of the late President, which are etched onto the east facade of the Kennedy Center so eloquently state, "I see little more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." Organized by Nora Halpern and Welmoed Laanstra for "Street Scenes: Projects for DC," this event coincides with the Kennedy Center's pre-season Prelude celebration.
Since the late 1970s, Jenny Holzer has consistently used language as her material and presented texts in a variety of formats. In 1996, she began using xenon projectors to cast text onto architectural and natural sites around the world. The flow of light and text over the shapes of buildings, land, and water transforms the night. Spaces appear to be enveloped, and what re-emphasizes the lines of architecture, or dictates a path in the reflection of a river, is the scrolling language. Xenon text has ambled the Spanish Steps in Rome, slid along the Olympic ski jump in Lillehammer, and lit the Louvre's courtyard and facade in Paris. Last year, words rose on the façades of Rockefeller Center and the New York City Public Library.
Jenny Holzer has been the recipient of many important awards, including the Blair Award (presented by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982), the Leone d'Oro award for best pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1990 (when she represented the United States in the American Pavilion), and the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award in 2004. Her work is in the collections of major museums around the world.