The Rupture is a temporary exhibition about the year 1979 for an art museum.
The Rupture’s modular, panelized design allowed it to be built off-site and quickly erected in the gallery. The installation can be de-mounted and re-installed at future exhibition venues as the show travels, reducing waste and energy.
The Rupture’s interior lighting is a two-sided T8 strip lamp, suspended vertically within the space and providing an immersive, dramatic effect from a single point with a low rate of energy consumption.
Low VOC paints were specified for all surfaces in the space.
These efforts aside, we acknowledge that the Rupture is a temporary installation and sustainability measures were not the focus of its design.
Howardena Pindell (American, b. 1943) is artist whose life and work changed dramatically in 1979. A near-fatal car crash left her with short term amnesia, and an exhibition by a white artist titled “The Nigger Drawings” prompted Pindell to take a more activist role in her life and work. After these events, her work shifts from pure abstraction to more explicitly personal and political themes.
A major retrospective of Pindell’s work is currently on view at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Organized chronologically, the show’s midpoint is 1979, where visitors encounter an interpretive space telling Pindell’s story and providing context for the global and pop culture events of the era.
The brief requested an immersive, disruptive, and confrontational space to contrast with the understated artwork in the preceding galleries and inundate the visitor with images, information and sound.
THE RUPTURE is a fifteen-foot-tall painted wood pavilion, interrupting the visitor’s circulation path and providing an organizational framework for the room’s content. Significant global events are highlighted outside THE RUPTURE. Inside, the tapered sky-lit form creates a contemplative mood for Pindell’s personal story. Outside The Rupture, side walls are papered over with pop culture images and a soundtrack fills the room with the popular songs of the era.