Visiting Hours: An Installation by Bob Flanagan in collaboration with Sheree Rose
September 23 – 1994
“Visiting Hours stages Freud’s strange drama of Eros and Thanatos, in which existence unfolds as a ceaseless struggle between the instinct for life and the instinct for disintegration or death. But this appears to be a version interpreted by Pee Wee Herman. The installation is designed like a crazy stage set of a children’s residential hospital, replete with a torture chamber lurking amidst the institutional cheer. Here, the dark encounter between the drives for sex and death is framed and buoyed up by a keen wit and a cool sense of the absurd.” -Laura Trippi, exhibition brochure originally presented at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and organized for presentation at The New Museum by Laura Trippi.