MoMA, with Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington
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He looks morose, though he wasn’t. Rather, he was somewhat overwhelmed, I think. He’d been dragging me from one sculpture to another for me to take photographs of things he wanted to remember. “This! This! And this! This! And this! Make sure you get a photo of this!”
I asked H.o.p. what he was thinking here.
“I was thinking I didn’t know people could absorb themselves like that. The window was like a mirror. I was leaning over it watching people colliding with their reflections and when they did they vacuumed up each other.”
(Originally published Dec 31 2007)