Collection Artwork
Laurie Simmons (born Far Rockaway, New York, 1949)
Lying Objects (House)
offset lithograph on Lexus Satin paper
Editions Ilene Kurtz (born New York, New York)
image size: 9 1/4 x 14 in.
paper size (approximate): 10 x 15 in.
frame size: 16 7/8 x 21 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.
Gift of Charles Hayward and Betsy Senior
edition of 50

Object Label

Artifice (seen here and opposite, in Wendy Red Star’s Four Seasons) is a powerful photographic tool that challenges what is real, what is fake, and where those spaces intersect. By playing with dolls and props in surrealistic ways, Laurie Simmons reconsiders our relationship to objects. What lurks behind the surface of the shiny veneers of our belongings? How do we use objects to define our identities? What do we allow to stand in for ourselves?

From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)

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Give a damn.
Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond
Pattern by Atlan Arceo-Witzl ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.