Visitors entering the creepy installation can listen to the group's frantic search — sounds of carpet and wallpaper being ripped — on speakers attached to the exposed listening devices. The experience evokes the sensation of the invasion of privacy or being observed by spying eyes.

The artist also references literary sources, such as in a striking piece that functions as a calendar and is a collection of collages titled One Thousand and One Possible Nights (2008).

She hole-punched Scheherazade's classic collection of fairy tales and sprinkled the confetti on a black background like stardust. The resulting imagery conjures deep space and dreamy, Milky Way constellations.

Rivane Neuenschwander's I Wish Your Wish
Courtesy New Museum, NY. Photos by Benoit Pailley
Rivane Neuenschwander's I Wish Your Wish

Location Info


Miami Art Museum

101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Dade


"Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other": Through October 16 at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000; Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Each piece on display suggests a different night or story from the book and is arranged in four distinct grids, corresponding to the days and months of the exhibit's duration at MAM.

Another compelling work that alludes to a literary reference is First Love (2005), named after a Samuel Beckett novella, for which the artist has recruited a police sketch artist to render portraits of participants' recollections of former flames.

At MAM, Det. Paul Moody, forensic artist with the Palm Beach County's Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Division, will collaborate with museum guests to conjure portraits from memory during a process that takes about an hour and a half. The public can contact MAM to make appointments for sittings.

The results, displayed on a wall, create a catalogue of faces and features evoking references to crimes of passion and eschewing notions of sentimentality. Pencil sketches from former incarnations of the project are reminiscent of criminal perps and exude a distinct noirish vibe.

Savoring each chapter of Neuenschwander's career reveals she is a natural storyteller gifted with an insatiable curiosity and clever use of diverse mediums.

Unfortunately, the limited space allotted for her work at MAM makes more for a condensed digest than a leisurely reading. But hers is a tome full of tales that stick in one's head until dog-eared.

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