As part of its on-going stairwell project, The Drawing Center has commissioned Gary Simmons to create a site-specific wall drawing in the lobby stairwell. For this project, Simmons has created a text-based work consisting of names of African American actors and actresses from the early days of silent film. The artist describes the installation, whose format recalls the scrolling of closing film credits frozen in mid-motion, as invoking “the memories of actors that have been blurred in the history of Hollywood film . . . a kind of silence in both voice and visibility.”
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