Designers: Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, Argentina
Museum: MMoCA Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art, USA
Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, who were originally trained as architects in Argentina and are now based in Miami, have collaborated to create art in museum and public settings for years. The most prominent component of the architects’ site-specific installation at MMoCA is a curtain of brightly colored ribbons running the entire height of the museum’s three-story glass prow. Made from a vinyl material often used in industrial and retail settings, the ribbons alternately cover and expose the prow’s glass panels.
The Absent City examines scale, transparency, and language while drawing attention to the function of the museum and its relationship to the community. By obscuring the museum’s transparent membrane and highlighting the grand scale of the prow, the artists raise questions—both cultural and architectural—about the relationship between the city and the museum.
MMoCA, Angela Richardson, Devon Hugdahl, Preppie Curler