(American, b. 1967)
Chromogenic process color print
Overall: 180.3 x 228.5 cm (71 x 89 15/16 in.)
Gift of Timothy and Nancy Callahan, Stewart and Donna Kohl and Mark Schwart and Bettina Katz 2004.69
Since the early 1990s, Tunick has organized more than 75 temporary installations in public spaces worldwide. He deftly positions dozens, hundreds, or thousands of nude volunteers to define and expand his chosen locations, and then takes photographs. In Cleveland on June 26, 2004, Tunick created his largest North American installation to date. As part of an exhibition of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA), Tunick positioned more than 2,700 people along East 9th Street. The figures rhythmically define this urban space while adding a sense of humanity. The project was a compelling union of sculpture, performance, and public art beautifully captured in this striking color image. The elongated, abstract mass of flesh challenges one’s notion of nudity and privacy.
Gift of Timothy and Nancy Callahan, Stewart and Donna Kohl, and
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz 2004.69
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