T. J. Wilcox: In the Air

May 17, 2015 – August 30, 2015

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and curated by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.

In the Air shows a time-lapse panoramic view of New York City shot from the roof of the artist’s studio from dawn to dusk, interrupted by six short films inspired by a different view from the studio windows.

The original vision for the Empire State Building to be an entry point for trans-Atlantic Zeppelin passengers is imagined; the apocryphal story of Andy Warhol’s launch of silver mylar balloons into the street as the Pope passed by in the 1970s is acted out; one vignette pays homage to the life of Gloria Vanderbilt, lived out in the spotlight; and the last film shows the phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, which occurs when the sun can be seen setting in the narrow gap between the canyon-like walls of the city’s east-west street grid.

Regarding his work, Wilcox said, “I like my film and video work to appear as the visible record of my own journey through our saturated mediated age, highlighting those things that have held my attention and captured my imagination. Just as our perception of a present is a hybrid of personal memory, historical record, family lore, political, social, national, and artistic histories and mythologies, film and video provide the page upon which I make a collage of the ideas I hold most dear.”

Using the latest in digital video technology to capture footage atop his penthouse studio—18 floors above Union Square in Manhattan—Wilcox’s work is a 360-degree, cinematic record of a day in the city, compressed into a 30 minute film. The New York Times has given rave reviews for In the Air, saying that, “the majesty and clarity of this wraparound vista is stunning. The city looks older, almost timeless, without the details of street traffic and storefronts.”

Traveling to GRAM from the Whitney Museum of American Art, this multi-media exhibition will serve as a remarkable celebration of the urban skyline.

In the Air is projected on a circular screen that is over 7 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, creating a truly mesmerizing experience for GRAM visitors that immerses them within an environment that bends time, space, history, and memory.