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Title
In Memory of My Feelings
Artist
Lutz Bacher
Date
1990
Dimensions
overall 54.625 × 11.5 × 11.4375 inches
Materials
zinc-coated steel, screenprinted T-shirts
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1997.129.1-.19
Inscriptions
N.A.; N.A.
Physical Description
a narrow, tall, cabinet, with 18 drawers. Each drawer contains a T-shirt with a screen printed phrase taken from a personality test. Viewers are allowed to open drawers to read shirts. Fingerprints and scrapes on the cabinet are a part of the piece and should not be removed
Credit Line
Anonymous gift, 2001

object label Lutz Bacher, In Memory of My Feelings (1990) Walker Art Center, 1998

Since the early 1970s, Bacher has explored human identity through definitions of gender, sexuality, and the human body. In Memory of My Feelings explores identity and its inevitable institutionalization in society. Each T-shirt is emblazoned with the beginning of a phrase from a standard sentence-completion personality test, which the artist was required to take before a surgical operation documented in an earlier video work, Huge Uterus (1989). Meant to elicit self-examination, the questions inevitably depersonalize human feelings as the test assesses “personality” through structuralized language and format. By silkscreening these phrases on the T-shirts and placing them in a nondescript metal chest of drawers, the artist questions society’s search for the self and the desire for self-knowledge.

Label text for Lutz Bacher, In Memory of My Feelings (1990), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.

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