Hector Zamora received the Met's Rooftop Commission long before museums around the world were shuttered by quarantine. Known for his large-scale outdoor installations that bridge the gap between urban and natural spaces, with clear political commentary, Zamora is the perfect artist to be trusted with the Met, Central Park, and the Manhattan skyline as his canvas. The result, "Lattice Detour", beguiles with its simplicity, and is the one exhibit in New York that must be experienced before its December closing.
What You Will See
The installation, which began in March but sat incomplete through most of the summer, was completed just before the museum's long-awaited August opening. The result is an 11-foot high wall that gently curves along the length of the rooftop. The terracotta bricks are latticed, allowing for obstructed views through the walls and create changing shadow patterns on the roof on sunny days. The piece itself, reminiscent of Richard Serra's tilting walls, is impressive. Its placement in both time and location elevates to work to a masterpiece.
Why You Should Go
Political commentary in a time of political extremism is oftentimes easy, and the proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States is an obvious subject that has been tackled by hundreds of artists over the last five years. But it is Hector Zamora who has perfected it. Stand on one side of his wall and see the lush carpet of Central Park and the glittering Manhattan skyline--symbols of prosperity and material wealth. Stand on the other side and feel separated from the wealth of global culture housed in the world's greatest museum. There is no good side or bad side of the wall; its very existence is limiting and distorting to the viewer.