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Lauren Halsey’s Met Roof installation postponed for a year


An installation for the Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Los Angeles artist Lauren Halsey has been postponed due to logistical issues, the museum announced Friday. The commission, which was supposed to open in May and run until October 23, will now be presented next spring.

“This is a large and ambitious project, and we are all going through a difficult time logistically,” the museum said in a statement. “As partners, we have agreed that the best approach is to give the project the time it needs and reschedule until next spring.”

In a statement, Halsey’s gallery owner David Kordansky said: “The Met and Lauren have together decided to delay the presentation so that her ambitions and vision can be fully realized.”

For the first time since the establishment of the annual rooftop commission in 2013, the Met will not have a facility, although visitors can still head to the rooftop garden to enjoy the view, and the museum is planning to present performances and other activities. there in the summer.

Halsey, 34, who often does site-specific work and also founded a community center that includes a food bank, had planned to create a large-scale architectural structure. Called “East of South Central Los Angeles (I) Hieroglyph Prototype Architecture”, the piece will explore connections to ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture, and contemporary visual expressions like marking .

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