Amy Hauft: The Irony of Geology
July 17 – August 28 1989
“The Irony of Geology” reveals the irony in society’s tendency to delineate historical periods within the vast continuum of time. The installation consisted of a diorama evoking several historical periods. Layers of dirt, brick, and iron filings were placed against the window, suggesting a stratigraphical cross-section of the earth’s interior. Above this, Hauft suspended a map, horizontally, of Manhattan’s Soho district where The New Museum was located at the time. In reference to the area’s many 19th-century cast-iron buildings, the map consisted of piles of iron filings, which were reconfigured from the rumblings of subway trains underneath the Museum. The installation also included a Transit Authority’s arrival schedule for the nearby Prince Street subway station, alluding to seismographic readings of the earth’s movement.