Jorge Macchi Staff 1993

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

Macchi studied piano as a teenager, during the years of Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976–83). The five lines of this sculpture, formed by rope held taught by springs, could be read, as its title suggests, as a musical staff. But the staff is un-notated, suggesting an enforced silence or the inability to put something into language. It pins the soft form of a pillow—a site of intimacy—against the wall. Macchi’s work, like that of some of the other artists in this gallery, exposes the uncomfortable tensions between systems of order and the ways that bodies exceed them.

Gallery label from 2022
Medium
Pillow, pillowcase, ropes, springs and nails
Dimensions
31 1/2 x 47 1/4 x 3 1/8" (80 x 120 x 8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
565.2017.a-d
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Provenance

The artist
Charles Cosac, São Paulo
2008, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas
2017, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

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