Lauren Halsey’s Met Roof Installation Postponed a Year

An installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden by the Los Angeles artist Lauren Halsey has been postponed because of logistical issues, the museum announced on Friday. The commission, which was scheduled to open in May and run through Oct. 23, will now be presented next spring.

“It is a large and ambitious project, and we are all in a logistically challenging time,” the museum said in a statement. “As partners we agreed that the best approach is to give the project the time it needs and to postpone to next spring.”

Halsey said that she and the Met decided together to move the installation to next year because “this additional time will allow me to do this project in the fullest way possible.” (“I’m a maximalist,” she added.)

For the first time since the inception of the annual roof commission in 2013, the Met will not have an installation, though visitors will still be able to go to the roof garden to enjoy the view, and the museum plans to present performances and other activities there during the summer.

Halsey, 34, who often makes site-specific work and also founded a community center that includes a food bank, had planned to create a full-scale architectural structure. Called “the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I),” the piece will explore connections to ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture and contemporary visual expressions like tagging.

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