The History Plays are a series of direct responses to works in the permanent collection of Whitney Museum.  They will be posted here as they are completed.

In Transit

(Special thanks to the Brooklyn Historical Society and Sady Sullivan)

In Transit responds to Barry Le Va’s, Continuous and Related Activities; Discontinued by the Act of Dropping.  An installation view of this piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Barry Le Va, Continuous and Related Activities; Discontinued by the Act of Dropping, 1967(installation view, Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006). Felt and glass, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  90.8a-c

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What

(Special thanks to the Brooklyn Historical Society and Sady Sullivan)

What, responds to Bruce Nauman’s, No.  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Bruce Nauman, No, 1981. Color lithograph, 29 1/4 × 42 1/4 in. (74.3 × 107.3 cm). 5/5 Artist Proof, edition of 21. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee  2005.19
© 2009 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Seasonal

(Special thanks to the Americas Society)

Seasonal, responds to Cy Twombly’s, Untitled.  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1969. Oil and crayon on canvas, 78 × 103 in. (198.1 × 261.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph B. Schulhof  69.29

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Foyer

(Special thanks to the Americas Society)

Foyer, responds to Cindy Sherman’s, Untitled.  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2008. Chromogenic print, 63 3/4 × 57 1/4 in. (161.9 × 145.4 cm). Edition no. 5/6. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Photography Committee  2009.46

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Jonathan

(Special thanks to the Americas Society)

Jonathan, responds to Donald Judd’s, Untitled.  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1968. Stainless steel and plexiglass, 33 × 68 × 48 in. (83.8 × 172.7 × 121.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation Inc.  68.36

Art © Donald Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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Lobby

(Special thanks to the Brooklyn Historical Society and Sady Sullivan)

Lobby, responds to Eva Hesse’s, Untitled (Rope Piece).  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Eva Hesse, Untitled (Rope Piece), 1969–70. Latex over rope, string, and wire, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Eli and Edythe L. Broad, the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund, and the Painting and Sculpture Committee  88.17a-b

© The Estate of Eva Hesse

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Water Clock

(Special thanks to the Americas Society)

Water Clock, responds to Joseph Cornell’s, Celestial Navigation.  This piece can be seen here on the Whitney site.

Joseph Cornell, Celestial Navigation, c. 1958. Box construction with wood, glasses, marbles, plaster head, painted cork ball, metal rods, nails, paper collage, tempera, and painted glass, 9 5/8 × 16 1/4 × 4 in. (24.5 × 41.3 × 10.2 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 60th Anniversary Gift of Estée Lauder Inc.  92.24a-k
Art © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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