Art In America

Liz Glynn

at SculptureCenter,
44-19 Purves St.

For her first solo presentation at a New York institution, Liz Glynn works off of accounts of the 1532 kidnapping of Inca emperor Atahualpa, led by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Memorializing the destruction of the Inca Empire at the hands of the Spanish, Glynn remakes SculptureCenter's rear gallery into a 17-by-22-foot stucco re-creation of Atahualpa's ransom room—said to have been filled to the height of the emperor's outstretched arm with gold and silver. These metals were eventually melted down to ingots and shipped back to Spain following the emperor's execution. Glynn's replica imagines the lost gold objects in red-wax casts, a material used for lost-wax casting in the production of bronze. Glynn will continue to fill the space with cast objects collected throughout the city during the course of the installation, to be melted down into ingots for display during the exhibition's final week. 

 

 

 

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