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Harry Roseman: Softening the Space

[ photo: Harry Roseman ]

Softening the Space

If you've taken an international flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport lately, maybe you've been blown away by the windswept curtains in the arrivals corridor - professor of art Harry Roseman's Curtain Wall, a 600-foot installation comprising 21 distinct curtain sculptures, culminating just before the customs and immigration entrance. Roseman was one of 40 artists invited to submit slides for the site-specific sculpture, and one of three to win a commission. Why curtains? Because a "stark, empty, stripped-down" space like an airline terminal cries out for "a sensuous kind of humanizing presence," says Roseman.


VQ Summer 2000
Photo credit: Will Faller