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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.
Title:

When Dickinson Shut Her Eyes No. 859: A Doubt If It Be Us

From an edition of 3

Artist: Roni Horn (born 1955)
Date: 1993
Dimensions:
8 elements with variable heights 36 - 62 7/8 × 2 × 2 in.
Medium: Solid cast plastic and aluminum
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014.14
Marks:
element a: A DOUBT IF IT BE US
element b: ASSISTS THE STAGGERING MIND
element c: IN AN EXTREME ANGUISH
element d: UNTIL IT FOOTING FIND.
element e: AN UNREALITY IS LENT,
element f: A MERCIFUL MIRAGE
element g: THAT MAKES THE LIVING POSSIBLE
element h: WHILE IT SUSPENDS THE LIVES.
each element stamped at right end: ED 2/3 RH

On View
Accession Number: 2014.14
Provenance(Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, Switzerland); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2014
Label TextIn this work, Roni Horn translates Emily Dickinson’s poem through the materials favored by Minimalist artists. The sculpture reflects the poem’s structure: each unit’s length is determined by the corresponding line length in the poem. Horn combines the irregular rhythms of Dickinson, a prominent nineteenth-century American poet, with the strict formal approach of Donald Judd. The resulting artwork remixes male artistic modes with a female poetic voice.
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