Selections from Truisms

LED display running time approximately 25 minutes with looping text of approximately 170 truisms in red text.
Jenny Holzer
Holzer's Truisms were adapted from readings as part of her Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City in the late 1970s; her first series of Truisms took the form of posters that she plastered across lower Manhattan; later utilitzing billboards and t-shirts for her textual art, Holzer adopted her best-known medium, the LED (light emiting diode) display in 1982. This work runs on a continuous 25-minute loop with over 170 truisums that range from trite to humorous and ironic while engaging viewers in a participatory exchange between ideas and perceptions.
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund and anonymous individual benefactors
Tuesday, January 22, 2019