Eva Díaz

  • picks September 15, 2009

    Lisa Oppenheim

    Dead letter office. The phrase nags at me; it seems too direct, perhaps insensitive to use, given the context. The dead letter office is what happens to public artworks that have outlived their civic life and, due to the vicissitudes of time, taste, and politics, find themselves with no public. Their large scale makes it unlikely they’ll find another home, so they may end up stored in the basement of the World Trade Center until 2001. Then, well, we know the rest.

    Lisa Oppenheim’s photographs of these works, taken from a 1986 catalogue documenting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s