Description: The Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned Jennifer Steinkamp to create a site-specific video animation work to respond to the interior architecture the Farrel Gallery, a former baggage room for the railway. Entitled Madame Curie, the seven-channel, synchronized projection is inspired by Steinkamp's recent research into atomic energy, atomic explosions, and the effects of these forces on nature. Marie Curie was the recipient of two Nobel Prizes for creating the theory of radioactivity, and discovering radium and polonium. She was also an avid gardener and lover of plants. Flora rendered realistically for this work include rambler roses, wisteria, chestnut blooms, and hop plants, among many others drawn from a list of over 40 plants mentioned in Marie Curie's biography written by her daughter, Eve Curie.
Text by Lucía Sanromán
Part of the Collection:
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California.