NorthPark Center is pleased to present a free public art exhibition of Brooklyn-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro’s work, This Land Is Your Land. The installation, which was recently on view at Madison Square Park in New York City, features three elevated wooden water towers serving as metaphors for the experience of immigration. The works will be on view for one year at NorthPark Center on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom near Gucci, Todd’s, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace.
“For nearly 5o years, NorthPark Center has been committed to presenting museum quality works of public art throughout the shopping center for all to enjoy, giving many individuals their first encounter with art,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with husband David J. Haemisegger. “It is a privilege to bring to NorthPark and to North Texas this stunning and thought-provoking work that will serve as a source of contemplation, inspiration and possibility.”
Navarro’s work features three water tower structures that, upon first glance, may appear as traditional architectural objects. Upon closer encounter, visitors discover that each vessel contains a different neon word or image. Glowing from within, the words “ME/WE” and “BED,” along with an image of a ladder, are reflected endlessly inside, serving as a statement on the political and personal experience of immigration. The towers are elevated so visitors can walk underneath, and for the first time, can also be seen from above from Level Two of the shopping center giving visitors a different perspective of the work.
The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the beloved 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, This Land Is Your Land, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population. For Navarro, it represents the vast expanse of the American landscape and a democratic society pursued by millions of people.
Artist Iván Navarro states: “I like the idea of a reservoir of water. This simple and timeless wooden structure contains water—the most primitive and elemental resource, the essence of human sustenance, and a reminder of the basic condition that all humanity shares. We must guarantee our water in order to survive. In that sense the water tanks are containers of primordial knowledge. Their form and material are equally archaic: they are simple circular huts with conical roofs, made of wood. Across America, the water towers form changes – some top large buildings metaphorically functioning as tall ornamental crowns, others loom above towns like watchtowers due to their elevated position. By positioning This Land is Your Land in NorthPark Center, the viewer is both reminded of this outdoor structure that helps sustain their communities, and is transported within the shopping mall. Upon walking under the sculpture, the viewer is presented with a temporary visual reality. In a similar manner, shopping malls provide a contained experiential environment outside of daily life.”
About the Artist
Iván Navarro (b. 1972 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is internationally renowned for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. In 2009, he represented Chile in the 53rd Venice Biennale.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include This Land is Your Land, Madison Square Park, New York, NY (2014); Where is the Next War?, Daniel Templon Gallery Paris, France (2013); Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2013); Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures, Frost Art Museum, Miami (2012); Nacht und Nebel, Fondazione VOLUME!. Rome, Italy (2012); The Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans (2011); Heaven or Las Vegas, Paul Kasmin Gallery. New York, NY (2010); HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam. Jerusalem, Israel (2010); Nowhere Man, Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, UK, and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Threshold, Chilean Pavilion, Arsenal, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Don Quijote, Witte de Witt, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); and Artificial Light, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami (2006). His work is held in the public and private collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Towner Contemporary Art Museum, (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL), and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain). Iván Navarro is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery.
About NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center (www.northparkcenter.com) is Dallas’ finest shopping experience with more than 235 stores and restaurants, including 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, NorthPark Center offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture and extraordinary landscaping, as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. In 2012, NorthPark Center surpassed a billion in sales placing it among the top five performing shopping centers in the United States. NorthPark Center is North Texas’ number one tourist destination and is conveniently located five miles from downtown Dallas and 30 minutes from Fort Worth.
NorthPark Center’s internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art collection turns shopping into a world-class cultural experience. Making museum-quality art available for everyday enjoyment is a NorthPark tradition that adds a unique element to the atmosphere of this community gathering place. More than 26 million people a year have the opportunity to experience this world-class art for FREE.
The NorthPark Center art collection features major works by renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Mark di Suvero, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.