‘Chloë Bass: Wayfinding’ Installation On View at Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis
What a difference a year makes. It was September 2019 when the Studio Museum in Harlem mounted “Chloë Bass: Wayfinding,” an outdoor installation in St. Nicholas Park of two dozen frosted stainless-steel plaques and billboards emblazoned with statements like: There are times when I have agreed with you only in order to cast relief, taking physical navigation as a metaphor for philosophical wandering. Today, the world reeling from the pandemic and racial, social, and environmental injustices, the exhibition is even more relevant in its iteration at Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, where it’s on view outside the museum through October 31. Bass, a Yale- and Brooklyn College–educated multiform conceptual artist whose work “is not seeking to invent, but to reveal,” added new signs for this presentation, including: I want to believe that bodies can be different without being threatening, as well as a site-specific audio piece narrated by her.