Steinunn Thorarinsdottir | ARMORS
May 9 - September 13, 2018
Cloisters Lawn, Fort Tryon Park
Visitors to Upper Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park this May through September will be welcomed by ARMORS, a site-specific public art project on the Cloisters Lawn for which Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir has incorporated casts of 16th century armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Viewers will recognize the suits of armor from Gallery 371 of the Met, where the originals have been prominently on public display for decades.
The Met armor casts are placed dialogue with the artist’s androgynous figure sculptures, which since 1976 have been mounted in dozens of prominent sites around Reykjavik and beyond. The project’s incorporation of armor—a form that is both distinctly iconographic and foreign to the artist’s own hand—marks an aesthetic and conceptual divergence for Icelandic Thorarinsdottir, who in her home country is a celebrated female pioneer and the first woman sculptor to have two solo shows at the Reykjavik Art Museum.
A preview of ARMORS is below, followed by a sample of the artist's past installations and additional photo assets. See the Dropbox folder linked above to download high-resolution image files. Image reuse must be with credit to source listed in file name.