A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg
Absences of women in history don’t “just happen,” they are made.
Winner of the 2012 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award. Aluminum and granite, 20’ wide by 6’ tall. Inspired by Karesansui (“Zen”) gardens, combining the directional “combing” of patterns with ripples emanating from three polished black granite spheres. 240 panels make up the surface, each 3/8” thick aluminum set at a 45-degree angle to the wall. View video of the finished sculpture and a time-lapse video of the installation here.