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Donna Dennis: Deep Station

DATES March 20, 1987 through June 15, 1987
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
  • March 20, 1987 On Saturday, April 4, 1987, from 3 to 5 p.m. children ages 8 - 15 years old are invited to work with contemporary artist Donna Dennis. Her work will be on view in The Grand Lobby of The Brooklyn Museum, from March 18 to June 15, 1987.

    The artist and children will discuss her large three - dimensional subway construction entitled Deep Station, created from 1981 - 1985. Beyond its formal architectural structure, the works many arch ways, tunnels and intriguing low light provide an atmosphere full of possibilities and anticipation.

    Participants will also have the opportunity to create their very own life - size group hiding place or make smaller individual models to take home.

    Space is limited to 25 participants. Free tickets to the program will be available at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk in the Grand Lobby. Admission is free for those 12 and under, and a contribution of $3.00 is suggested for others. Meet in the Grand Lobby at 2:55 p.m. with your ticket.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1987, 009.
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  • March 20, 1987 Deep Station, the massive sculptural construction of a New York City subway stop by the contemporary American artist Donna Dennis, will be on view in the Grand Lobby of The Brooklyn Museum from March 20 through June 15, 1987. The work, measuring approximately 11 x 19 x 15 feet, is the artist’s largest indoor project to date and took four years to complete.

    Donna Dennis was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1942, and received a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota. She studied in Paris before moving to New York in 1966, where she studied for a year at the Art Students League. Although her early work was in painting and collage, it is with three-dimensional constructions like Deep Station that she has most fully developed her ideas.

    The artist’s first such structures were inspired by the architectural sleight of hand seen in certain Bowery hotels whose elaborate checkered facades are a false front suggesting a large lobby but masking dingy stairwells. From these works, which were almost standing paintings, she progressed to constructions that have a back, sides and front. All her constructions are built to a scale in which her eye-level is the height of the doorway.

    After completing an outdoor construction called Mad River Tunnel in 1981, Dennis began considering the subway network under New York City. During the time she worked on Deep Station she completed a number of other projects, including a smaller station exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1982.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1987, 014.
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