The Walker Curates the News: 03.09.15

Preliminary design for the NYC AIDS Memorial, © 2015 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Preliminary design for the NYC AIDS Memorial, © 2015 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

For her contribution to New York City’s first major AIDS memorial, Jenny Holzer will share 8,992 words of Walt Whitman’s epic poem “Song of Myself” on spiralling paving stones in the West Village. The artist said the late New York poet’s “message of hope, of dignity in the face of death, of the glories of an embodied life, and of transcendence in the face of oppressiveness and tragedy, spoke to the requirements of the memorial and universalized them.”

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