Perched high on a lift in the fourth floor contemporary galleries, Brooklyn-based artist Santi Moix is drawing directly on the wall with charcoal to create a striking piece entitled Huckleberry Finn, “I don’t take no stock in mathematics, anyway.” A lush tree resembling a fish is already visible. The final drawing will depict Huck Finn sitting on a hammock strung between two trees.
Once Moix completes the wall drawing, art handlers will hang colorful Moix’s watercolor, Fishing Day (Huck and Tom) directly over it. This piece was recently acquired by the museum and is being presented here for the first time with the addition of the wall drawing. Both are part of a series that was inspired by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s novel about a boy’s coming of age on the Mississippi River in the mid-nineteenth century.
Photos and video are being posted to Flickr as Santi continues to work.
Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened on September 19, 2008. Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P. S. 1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Dr. Tsai received a B. A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph. D. from Columbia University.