Cool art in our backyards! Have you heard about it or seen it? It’s title is ironically, “Untitled” and the artist is Cuban-born American Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
The billboard is a vernacular format that the Cuban-born American
artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) repurposed in an effort to
engage diverse audiences and expand the public function of art.
“I need the public to complete the work,” he stated, “to become part
of my work, to join in.” This fall, the Museum has installed one of
Gonzalez-Torres’s billboards in twelve locations around the greater
Princeton area, including the plaza just outside its front door.
Created at the height of the AIDS crisis, the billboards feature a
haunting image of an unmade bed, empty but for the indentations left
by two absent bodies. The meaning is dependent upon the viewer’s
own memories or expectations of happiness and frustration, loss and
desire. Any and all possibilities are conceivable. By using an advertising
convention—the billboard—to encourage a viewer’s public reckoning
with his or her own private experience, the artist seeks to disrupt the
already precarious boundaries between the public and private realms.
Here is a map of where the billboards are located:
Hurry, the installations come down on December 16th.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: “Untitled” has been made possible by generous support from Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992, and the Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Contemporary Art Fund. Further support has been provided by the Partners and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.