A Trip from Here to There

MoMA Audio: Special Exhibitions

Stanley Brouwn. This Way Brouwn. 1960

Felt-tip pen and stamped ink on two pieces of paper
9 58 x 12 58” (24.5 x 32 cm) each
Art & Project/Depot VBVR Gift Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

CURATOR, CHRISTOPHE CHERIX: What’s fascinating here is an artist making a work through his interaction with people. He’s basically delegating the making of his work, not to someone that he chose, but to anyone. And the artist basically gives you here only a starting point and stops right when the work begins.

What he did was to ask someone, “How can I get from here to another point of the city?” And he would hand them a sheet of paper, with a pen or a pencil. And, the passerby was asked to make the drawing. And what Stanley Brouwn did was to ask similar directions to different people. So on one side, you see someone who is telling him with very geometrical line how to cross the city, and someone has a much more smooth, fluid way of crossing the city.

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