Rubin Museum of Art, New York

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful

A living catalogue of the ways in which we relate to the uncertainty of tomorrow.

Rubin Museum of Art, New York

We live in a uniquely unsettled moment of technological, political, and cultural flux. Awash in endless currents of information delivered by glowing screens, each new headline brings a fresh opportunity for faith or despair, depending upon our individual attitudes and philosophies. By definition, anxiety and hope are determined by a moment that has yet to arrive—but how often do we pause to fully consider our relationship with the future? What apprehensions, expectations, and stories define our field of vision? And how do our private sensibilities square with the current collective mood?

Rubin Museum of Art, New York

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful is a living catalogue of the ways in which we relate to the uncertainty of the future. On view at the Rubin Museum of Art throughout 2018, this participatory installation invites visitors to share their anxieties and desires on the wall. This ongoing collaboration with Candy Chang will grow into a monolithic barometer where visitors can glean the prevailing mood while they explore thousands of responses that range from personal and local reflections to broader political and spiritual statements.

Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Over 30,000 responses have been received in the first six months and they continue to accumulate:

More responses are being collected at Ritual Fields, and we’re currently working with psychologists and sociologists to visualize the emerging themes as well as the strategies we use to reckon with uncertainty.

2018, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY. Vellum, wood, acrylic, 31′ w x 12′ h.

A collaboration between Candy Chang and James A. Reeves for the Future Is Fluid exhibit. Project management by Jane Hsu. Exhibition design management by John Monaco. Installation assistance by Robert Paash, David Wilburn, Andrea Pemberton, and Muoi Ly.

Public Works | May 2018
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