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there are times when we talk of convolution—the city. you tell me the smell of gasoline is your second favorite sensation & i will always associate it with you. here we find a series of boxes we can check to learn the difference between wants & needs. the landlord will not let us install our own air conditioner & so we will laugh while a man knocks our knickknacks off the shelf in an effort to offer us relief. some people curse when they find gum on the bottom of their shoes but we take it as a sweet sign of all the others in these square blocks finding the same solace. we always have to wake up early the next morning so we stay up late, acting somewhat unconcerned. (writing by: marina midworst x)

part I. of the Mutual Acknowledgement of Being Series

“One of the most mesmerizing temporary sights in town…not to be missed and maybe never to be forgotten.” —New York Magazine on T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, on view through February 9. 

Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013–February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt

Living a Day in Half an Hour

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air,’ at the Whitney Museum

“In the Air,” T. J. Wilcox’s dazzling panoramic film installation at the Whitney Museum, is an ode to New York and to film, and to their mutually enhancing entwining. Mr. Wilcox is equally enamored of both. His new work makes you realize anew that the metropolis and the moving image were made for each other.

This piece centers on an in-the-round bird’s-eye view of Lower Manhattan that was shot from the artist’s studio, the 18th-floor penthouse of a building on Union Square, and compresses the passing of one day into 30 minutes. Like the old-style panorama, it appears on a circular screen, one that is about 7 feet high and 35 feet in diameter. Hanging about four and a half feet above the floor, it’s like a giant lampshade.

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“One of the most important, most moving artworks ever made about New York." T. J. Wilcox: In the Air tops The New York Observer’s list of best exhibitions of 2013.

Installation view of T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, 2013 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 19, 2013-February 9, 2014). Photograph by Bill Orcutt

Here’s some much needed sun on this snowy December day! Florine Stettheimer’s painting is one of several works from the Museum’s collection that T. J. Wilcox selected to be included in his current exhibition In the Air

Florine Stettheimer, Sun, 1931. Oil on canvas, 38 1/8 × 26 1/8 in. (96.8 × 66.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 73.36a-b

Warm up at the Whitney! We’re open extended hours today, 11 am–9 pm. Explore American Legends: From Calder to O'Keeffe, T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE, and more.

Vija Celmins (b. 1938), Heater, 1964. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee 95.19