On view in MoMA PS1’s lobby, “Untitled” (Death by Gun) (1990) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, born Cuba, 1957-1996) appropriates imagery from Time magazine, presenting 460 individuals killed by gunshot in the United States during the week of May 1–7, 1989. Images of the deceased are accompanied by their name, age, city, state, and a brief description of their death. One of a number of works comprising stacks of paper that Gonzalez-Torres produced beginning in 1989, “Untitled” (Death by Gun) was conceived as a nine-inch stack presented directly on the floor and endlessly replenished, thus ensuring that it can be distributed indefinitely. Visitors are encouraged to read the sheets and take them away to keep, display, or give to others.
MoMA PS1 April 26–September 9, 2018