How to Close Your Eyes

Earlier this summer, we worked with Portland-based artist Carmen Papalia on a public project for his upcoming solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation. We set up shop in the Whitney Museum atrium, and watched as museum-goers were invited to participate in “tours with their eyes closed”. Museum guides, who had been trained by the artist, led participants through the museum galleries, describing the architecture, environment, and artwork to the visitors.

Carmen Papalia at the Whitney Museum

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 6.10.15 PMWe were charged with the task of creating a video of the project that was true to the experience, one which is both disorienting and deeply revelatory, and captured the reactions of participants as they re-opened their eyes. You can see the full video in Papalia’s exhibition, which opens at CUE this September.