Wu Tsang: Anthem (working title)
|When||23 Jul 2021 - 6 Sep 2021|
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Specially conceived for the Guggenheim by artist Wu Tsang (b. 1982, Worcester, Mass.), Anthem (2021) is a large-scale film installation that transforms the rotunda’s architecture into a sonic sculptural space. In the work, Tsang sounds out the complexities and meanings associated with the word “anthem” at different places and times in history, ranging from medieval call-and-response hymns to Proto-Indo-European linguistic suggestions of shimmering voices.
At the intersection of multiple temporalities, Tsang’s anthem invites visitors to think beyond the conventional definition of the word and decentralize the familiar. The installation provides a resonant space for sharing and survival, where audiences can assemble in this moment of anxiety and uncertainty.
Wu Tsang: Anthem (working title) is organized by X Zhu-Nowell, Assistant Curator.
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