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LIVE from the NYPL: FOR THE CITY: Jenny Holzer light projections


October 6, 2005

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Jenny Holzer's light projections will illuminate the facade of the Library with poetry by Wislawa Szymborska, Yehuda Amichai, Henri Cole, Mahmoud Darwish, and other celebrated writers. The illuminated text will move across the nighttime facade, encompassing the reader with the power of language to educate and console. This event is part of citywide public projections on landmark New York City buildings. Poetry will be projected at Rockefeller Center on September 29 - October 2 and declassified United States government documents released under the Freedom of Information Act will be projected at Bobst Library, New York University, on October 3 - October 5.

About Jenny Holzer:

For more than twenty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, the Reichstag, and the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao. Her medium, whether formulated as a t-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the late 1970s with the New York City posters, and up to her recent xenon projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and moral courage. Holzer received the Leone d?Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990 and the Public Art Network Award in 2004. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Ohio, Williams College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick, New York.

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