Trisha Donnelly in Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language at MoMA, NY
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language brings together historical and contemporary works of art that treat language not merely as a system of communication governed by grammatical rules and assigned meanings, but as a material that can be manipulated with creative freedom, like paint, clay, or any other artistic medium. The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first is a historical overview of 20th-century art that experiments with the graphic, sonic, and kinetic possibilities of letters and words. With a few notable exceptions, these works are confined to the two-dimensional parameters of a page. The second section presents an installation of contemporary works, most of which do away with the page; some do away with writing altogether.
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language is organized by Laura Hoptman, Curator
with Eleonore Hugendubel, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.
May 6–August 27, 2012