Arrived on Saturday, July 13th at the Parrish Museum’s first gala in its new building designed by Herzog and de Meuron in Watermill. The director, Terrie Sultan proudly greeted the many guests as they caught a preview of Josephine Meckseper’s solo exhibition entitled “PLATFORM: JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER”, opening July 20th. The artist has installed her signature vitrines, made of glass, concrete, mirrored platforms and various materials to the exterior ground, which then continue inside the museum. She has created a dialogue within the museum’s collection and with its architectural structure. Her displays mimic the slate walls of retail establishments where shelves display large-scale commercial materials, which lend commentary to advertising and consumer consumption. Throughout the work, car insignia and auto parts are found to reflect Meckseper’s interest in American car culture and critique of capitalist society.
A great addition to the museum would be the installation of Meckseper’s “Manhattan Oil Project”, 2012, consisting of two 25 foot kinetic sculptures to its front lawn. Travelers driving along Montauk Highway would enjoy the majestic sculpture looming in the distance.