Catherine Sullivan’s Triangle of Need Heads to NYC

Installation view courtesy Walker Art Center.

Nigerian e-mail scams, figure skating and a Neanderthal language all play a part in Catherine Sullivan’s traveling video work Triangle of Need, opening Thursday at Metro Pictures in New York City. The multi-channel installation, which is concurrently on view at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, continues her exploration of theatrical and performative conventions.

Sullivan’s ambitious project focuses on two main locations: Vizcaya, the sprawling Miami estate built in the 1910’s by agricultural industrialist James Deering, and a nondescript apartment building in an anonymous American city. Sullivan situates “vestigial narratives” at these locations, one involving a hominid species that is forced to reproduce by an industrialist; and a series of reconstructions from the Pathescope Films catalog, silent films screened by Deering at Vizcaya.

Triangle of Need is at Metro Pictures through March 15. More info here.

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  1. cecile wallace says:

    I went on vacation this past week and I went to the Vizcaya Garden and Museum and I saw this video where they were talking abot this video “Triangle of Need.” I was wondering if I can buy that? Is it on a Dvd or is there a play like it on dvd?

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