Denise Marika

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

An artist-in-residence at the Gardner Museum, Denise Marika contributed three new slide and video projections that addressed issues of vulnerability, control, and the private versus the public. Two of the three works, which could only be projected between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 P.M. (because of a stipulation in Mrs. Gardner’s will), became part of the architecture in the great central Garden court of the Museum, while the third was installed in a special room recently constructed for temporary exhibitions. Although based on current video, light, and laser technology, the images in the courtyard had a timeless aura that belied their contemporaneity.

In the inner court of the museum a glass atrium houses a garden. Eight balconies from Venice, stone fragments from medieval churches, Roman mosaics and sarcophagi fill this space that has remained unchanged since Gardner’s death in 1924. To

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