new-york

Alfredo Jaar

Spring Street and Avenue of the Americas subway station

Last December, Alfredo Jaar leased all of the advertising space in a downtown New York subway station for the entire month. On both northbound and southbound platforms Jaar installed photographic posters and graphic information created by the artist. There were no explanations or descriptive texts to accompany the installation; the public was left to depend on its own analytic resources. Rushes was the third part of a four-installation project based on a trip the artist took to Serra Pelada, Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon River, in the summer of 1985. Two of the installations were mounted earlier last year at the Venice Biennale and at the Center for Contemporary Art in Indianapolis, and the final segment was installed at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery in January of this year.

On the desolate plateau in Brazil visited by Jaar there is a gold rush under way. He went there to

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