Higher Ground

2010

Group exhibition Lush Life / Chapter 4: Let It Die at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Franklin Evans. Participating artists: Jackie Saccoccio, Jessica Dickinson, Matthew Weinstein, Dani Leventhal, Rashid Johnson, Claudia Weber, Jose Lerma, Kai Schiemenz, Iris Fluegel, Robert Beck, Robert Melee, Tommy Hartung, Nina Lola Bachhuber, Cynthia Lin and Amy Longenecker-Brown.

Lush Life took place in nine Lower East Side Galleries simultaneously and featured sixty artists.

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Installation view

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Installation view

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Archival print, 42 in. x 59.5 in. (106.7 x 151 cm), plexiglass, wood, museum board

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Archival print, 42 in. x 59.5 in. (106.7 x 151 cm), plexiglass, wood, museum board

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Detail

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Detail

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Fenestration (#1/#2), archival prints, each 18 in. x 24 in. (45.7 cm x 61 cm), framed

Claudia Weber Higher Ground

Fenestration (#3), archival print, 18 in. x 24 in. (45.7 cm x 61 cm), framed

Higher Ground looks at the changes occurring in the Lower East Side in New York City through the lens of the First Roumanian American Congregation, a synagogue that partially collapsed in 2006 and has since been completely razed. The fall of the building provoked several exposures: that of media interest in a historical building that had been previously overlooked and that of the consecrated, interior space becoming open to its mundane surroundings. Taking these incidents of exposure as inspiration, the installation examines the ever-changing interrelationships between attention, neglect, the sacred and the profane.