On the heels of last year’s acclaimed façade intervention by Wangechi Mutu at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met announced this week two more forthcoming commissions of new work: a new feature in the Cantor Roof Garden and the second in the annual series of façade interventions.
A sculpture by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora will activate the roof garden, to be on display from April 21 through Oct. 25. Titled “Lattice Detour,” the work will reportedly be made of terra cotta bricks — a material routinely employed by Zamora in various discrete sculptures and installation works.
Last year’s rooftop commission was a cosmic, dimension-bending sculpture by Alicja Kwade, “ParaPivot I” and “ParaPivot II,.” The planet-like balls captured within the spiraling geometrics of steel-frame rectangles read like an ode to multiverse theory.
In the fall, new sculptures by Carol Bove will fill the façade niches that were occupied by Mutu’s The NewOnes, will free Us — individually titled “The Seated I, II, III, and IV” (2019) — through January of this year. Bove’s installation, still in the design phase, will debut September 9, and remain on display in the façade niches through March 2021.
“Bove’s keen attunement to art history and the legacies of modernist and minimalist sculpture will make for a fascinating contrast with the Facade,” says Max Hollein, Director of the Met, as quoted on the David Zwirner website announcing the commission.
With the selection of these artists, Hollein appears to be reinforcing his agenda to chart a course of an interdisciplinary and multiethnic direction for the Met, long a monolith of tradition. Fans of these artists and the facade project can eagerly anticipate the high-contrast contributions to come, with the clean, contemporary stylings of Zamora and Bove, ready to bring change to some of the Met’s most classic spaces.