This spring Pierre Huyghe (born 1962, Paris) has installed the third in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Huyghe has spent the past twenty-five years experimenting across media to create ritualistic, engaging encounters with art. His practice extends beyond the use of traditional art forms like drawing and film to materials uncommon in a fine-arts context, including living animals, plants, and other natural elements. At the Met, his project explores the transformation of cultural and biological systems through a dynamic gathering of components derived from the Museum's collection, architecture, and surroundings.
Pierre Huyghe: Human Mask—on view from April 27 through August 9, 2015, in gallery 916—presents the New York premiere of Huyghe's new nineteen-minute video, Untitled (Human Mask), which portrays a mysterious creature's resilience in the aftermath of natural and man-made disaster.
Additional support is provided by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.
The catalogue is made possible by the Mary and Louis S. Myers Foundation Endowment Fund.