Scores for Convalescing

Artist: Carolyn Lazard
installation | Clothing rack, screen printed hospital gowns, hospital blankets, sheets, towels | 889x441x1791mm | 2017

Carolyn Lazard addresses the politics and sociality embedded in networks of care by and for disabled people and their communities. In Extended Stay, Lazard sourced a television monitor and armature of a sort frequently found in infusion centers where patients receive chemotherapy and other treatments. In making the work the artist asked the Museum to be wired for cable television. The resulting installation encourages visitors to reflect on the simultaneity of live television, bringing them into a shared media experience with hospital patients. Rather than playing a constant live stream, the television has been programmed to surf the channels autonomously. While art is often brought into hospitals as a therapeutic gesture, Extended Stay creates a situation in which the museum visitor’s experience is shaped by and connected to a patient’s perspective, both in their relationship to media and the passing of time. ( Image courtesy the artist and Essex Street Gallery, New York. Photograph by Ben Tran)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)