During the 1960s Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, and others sought to liberate sculpture from the pedestals of the gallery and museum, choosing instead to make ephemeral, antimonumental works that were inextricably bound to their sites and dependent upon photography to provide evidence of their fleeting existence. Oppenheim was particularly interested in the terrains of both the landscape and the human body as potential sites for markings or gestures.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection VIII," December 16, 2003–July 20, 2004.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography," July 2, 2010–February 13, 2011.
Artist: Dennis Oppenheim (American, Electric City, Washington 1938–2011 New York)Date: 1968Medium: Gelatin silver print(s), ink on paper, photomechanical prints, wax crayonAccession: 1999.212On view in:Not on view