NEWSText: Aya Shomura


Taryn Simon created a major new commission work for the Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory, “An Occupation of Loss“. On view from September 13th to 25th. She is an enigmatic and groundbreaking artist whose practice involves rigorous research and investigation into the power and structure of secrecy, often underscoring our operational and emotional vulnerabilities.


A conceptual artist working primarily with image and text, this time, Simon breaks form with her first ever directed performance in which she considers the anatomy of grief and the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe.

Each night at sundown, not only installation on daytime, more than thirty professional mourners will activate the installation each evening from Tuesday through Sunday for a series of 50-minute performances. The status of the lamenters as professionals—performing away and apart from their usual contexts—underscores the tension between authentic and staged emotion, spontaneity and script. The resulting work blends sculpture, sound, architecture, and performance in a monumental exploration of the boundaries of grief between living and dead, past and present, performer and viewer.

Taryn Simon “An Occupation of Loss”
Date: September 13th – 25th, 2016
Opening hours: 12:00 – 16:00 (only for Installation)
Performances hours: 18:20, 19:10, 20:00, 20:50, 21:40, 22:30, 23:20 (50 minutes each)
Closed on Monday
Place: Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory
Address: 643 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065
Tel: +1 (212) 616 3930

Text: Aya Shomura

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