Rosamond Purcell: Two Rooms

Main Gallery May 17–Aug 9, 2003

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May 17–Aug 9, 2003





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Rosamond Purcell, Artist’s Studio, 1980-2002, Installation (detail)

The intersection of art and science comprises Rosamond Purcell’s gesamtkunstwerk; Two Rooms is the culmination of this life-long inquiry. Purcell’s photographs and installations celebrate the beauty and recast the meaning of even the most mundane objects, creating lush visual tableaux and intricate microcosms out of everything from old books and scrap metal to teeth and stones. Two Rooms offered large-scale recreations of two collections, one historical, that of seventeenth-century natural philosopher Olaus Worm (1588-1654), the other contemporary, that of Purcell’s found objects. Though both were compiled by avid collectors, each was amassed for different reasons–Worm’s to explain, define, and categorize the world; Purcell’s to question those very classifications. This was the first major installation of her work in the United States.