July 11–August 2, 2015
Gallery 504 and The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Presented free with Museum admission
Reid Farrington's The Return, celebrated the groundbreaking Met restoration of Tullio Lombardo's Adam (ca. 1490–95), one of the greatest sculptures of the Venetian Renaissance. This revolutionary interactive work invited visitors to investigate aspects of the decade-long research and reconstruction dynamically, while considering the statue's fall from its pedestal, in parallel to Biblical Adam's fall from grace. Hidden cameras, speakers, and microphones brought the statue to life, leading visitors through the work's extraordinary story, and a digital "window" displayed the restored Adam. In this unique setting, guests spoke directly to the figure, and posed questions about his creation, travels, and return to the gallery.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tullio Lombardo's Adam: A Masterpiece Restored, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, November 11, 2014–June 14, 2015.
Interview with Reid Farrington, artist
Performance (segment focusing on the sculpture’s head)
Interview with Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Met
Performance (segment focusing on the sculpture's left hand)
Interview with Limor Tomer, General Manager, Live Arts, The Met
Performance (segment focusing on the sculpture’s right ankle)
Interview with Carolyn Riccardelli, Conservator, Objects Conservation, The Met
Performance (segment focusing on the sculpture's lower left thigh)
Tribute to Ronald Street, Senior Manager, 3D Image, Molding, and Prototyping, Imaging Department, The Met
The Return was made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon.
Artist Residency and Project Support was provided by the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and the Media and Games Network of New York University.
Additional generous financial support was provided by The Jerome Foundation and Domantay/Ucci Studio.