Presented by: Harvard University Committee on the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
The public art installation Autumn (…Nothing Personal) by renowned artist Teresita Fernández will run from Aug. 27 through Oct. 1. The installation will be comprised of a labyrinth-like structure made up of three concentric circles, constructed of thousands of custom-made polycarbonate tubes extending from the back of a series of wooden benches. Each clear tube will have fine pin-striped orange and yellow lines embedded into it, creating a shimmering, dynamic effect that will optically activate the entire yard and its surrounding canopy of trees. Rising 10 feet, the installation will immerse visitors in a field of color that gives the illusion of movement, moving, seemingly buzzing color.
The project is in part inspired by American novelist and social critic James Baldwin’s text Nothing Personal published in 1964 at the height of the civil rights movement. Baldwin’s essay, originally produced alongside images by the photographer Richard Avedon, explores the complexities and contradictions at the center of the American experience and offers a critique of a society that is disconnected, unjust, divisive, and violent through his personal reflections and perspectives. Yet Baldwin ends his work speaking of love, light, and trust.
Taking Baldwin’s Nothing Personal as inspiration, guide and reference point, the public art project aims to unfold both as physical site and unscripted conversation. Check back for updates on an ongoing lineup of public events based on the installation.