Opening May 2, 2018, The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU Great Hall Exhibition Series presents "Universe of Logs."

Jamie Isenstein, Universe of Logs (installation view), 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY.
Jamie Isenstein, Universe of Logs (installation view), 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY.

The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU Great Hall Exhibition Series is pleased to present Universe of Logs, an exhibition of new work by New York based artist Jamie Isenstein. Inspired by her encounter with the decorative logs in the Institute’s Great Hall fireplace, Isenstein’s exhibition highlights the artifice and theatricality of these seldom noticed objects. Isenstein considers how such objects, often found within museums and historic homes, shape our contemporary understanding of truth and knowledge. By borrowing and redisplaying sets of logs from several New York cultural institutions, Isenstein calls attention to their familiar presence and metaphorical meanings.

Opening May 2, 2018, the installation also includes movable mirrors to maximize the natural light within the Great Hall and to spotlight the logs’ intended purpose. In so doing, Isenstein relates these logs to the imagery of torches depicted in the Neoclassical friezes throughout the Great Hall. The mirrors and the displaced and illuminated logs address the notion of light as a symbol of the production of history, truth, and knowledge.

Participating lending institutions to the exhibition include The Morgan Library & Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Fraunces Tavern Museum, The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, and the Wyckoff House Museum.

Jamie Isenstein (b.1975, Portland, Oregon) holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives and works in New York City. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including presentations at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL (2017); Andrew Kreps, New York, NY (2015); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2007). She has also participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Isenstein is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Valeria Napoleone XX. It was curated by Scott R. Davis, Kendall Follert, Mattos Paschal, and Haley S. Pierce.

Great Hall Exhibition Series, Spring 2018
The Institute of Arts, New York University
The James B. Duke House, 1 East 78th Street
Opening May 2, 2018, Open daily 1pm to 4pm
Public programming to be announced shortly.

About the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU
Since 1932 the Institute of Fine Arts has been dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in history of art, archaeology, and conservation, This tradition was enhanced in 2013 when the Institute, revealing the potential of the Duke House’s beaux-arts interior as venue for contemporary art, inaugurated its student-led Great Hall Exhibition program. Acclaimed artists Lynda Benglis, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Harrison, Martha Friedman and most recently Judith Hopf, are among the those featured to date.