“feel rubble” Exhibition

Governors Island

poster for “feel rubble” Exhibition
[Image: Betty Beaumont "Ocean Landmark Virtual World" (2000) still image from virtual reality work.]

This event has ended.

Exhibition hours: 11-5 on weekends
403 Colonels Row, Governors Island, New York

NYU Gallatin WetLab presents feel rubble, an exhibition of Betty Beaumont, Beverly Buchannan, and Gabriela Salazar curated by Patrick Bova.

Betty Beaumont’s work includes three short videos: The Journey, Ocean Landmark Virtual World, and Imagining Imaging, as well as the installation of The Object.

“I processed 500-tons of an industrial waste product, laid it on the floor of the Atlantic and
created a flourishing environment no one can see.

The Object preceded the construction of the underwater Ocean Landmark in 1980—it is not
a copy. It was created to gain a sense of mass, scale and shape of the 17,000-block project—
each solid block being 8 inches by 8 inches by 16 inches (about the width of a person).

Ocean Landmark started to change at the point of its installation in 1980. It has grown and
developed over these (twenty-two) years and will continue to evolve. Though photo
documentation exists—the project is not available to be viewed.

The relationship of The Object to the underwater project has changed. This miniature is not
a mirror or replica of what is there now—it is not a maquette.

Ocean Landmark is mediated by time. It has been transformed from geometric blocks into a
lush underwater garden that is fished and feeds people. Fundamental to the original concept
of the work was the belief that its integrity resided in its invisibility—it could only be imagined.

The Object is a tangible reminder of something invisible but real. It is presented in the gallery
distinct from the mother Ocean Landmark. Presenting The Object now calls into question ‘the
real.’ This was not my original intention but is a reinterpretation of The Object…”
—Betty Beaumont 1988

Betty Beaumont has received prestigious grants and awards including the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley, and grants from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Gottlieb Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. In addition to numerous exhibitions in galleries in Europe, Asia, and the US, she has shown internationally at museums including The Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt), National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto and Tokyo), Museum Het Domein (Sittard, Netherlands), Bibliotéca Nacional José Marti (Havana, Cuba), Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.S.1, Queens Museum, Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), and Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY). Beaumont has held academic positions at the University of California at Berkeley, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, and Columbia University.



from September 10, 2022 to October 30, 2022

Opening Reception on 2022-09-10 from 16:00 to 19:00

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