Minetta Lane - A Ghost Story

Eleanor Antin

Jan 14 – Feb 18, 1995

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, Through the Lover's Window, (Detail) 1994-95

Description


Eleanor Antin's newest filmic installation reconstructs a section of old Greenwich Village in a city crumbling with the erosion of time. It is a Christmas Eve in the wake of the G.I. Bill, an age of innocence, when artists and lovers pursued their Bohemian dreams of creative and personal freedom. Through separate windows, the viewer witnesses three scenarios unbeknownst to the protagonists. In a basement apartment, a teenage girl and boy soap each other playfully. Next door, an artist works on a large abstract canvas, and in a third window, an elegant, elderly gay man can be seen gently tending to his birds. Miriam, a mysterious spirit or ghost of a twelve-year old girl, flits between apartments, causing chaos and altering the destinies of the inhabitants who cannot see her but can feel her chilling presence. Her actions cause loss, sorrow, even death, and mark the decline of an era, of dreams, and of life itself.
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Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane - A Ghost Story, 1995

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane - A Ghost Story, 1995

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, Through the Lover's Window, (Detail) 1994-95

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, Through the Lover's Window, (Detail) 1994-95

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, Through the Old Man's Window, (Detail) 1994-95

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, A Ghost Story, 1994-95 (Install view)

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, A Ghost Story, 1994-95 (Install view)

Eleanor Antin

Minetta Lane, A Ghost Story, 1994-95 (Install view)

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