In fall 2023, The Met’s Great Hall will be the site of Jacolby Satterwhite’s multi-channel video installation and a series of performances that will take place throughout the installation’s run. Based within a computer-generated landscape of an imagined New York City, Satterwhite's video incorporates renderings of more than one hundred objects from the Museum's permanent collection, three-dimensional animations, and live action sequences. The installation incorporates music, lighting, and a series of live performances by Satterwhite and his frequent collaborators to generate an immersive environment within The Met's historic Great Hall. This project will be the second in the series of Great Hall Commissions.
Based in Brooklyn, Jacolby Satterwhite (b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986) fuses a wide range of disciplines, such as performance, animation, music, painting, sculpture, and photography, to create kaleidoscopic media installations that reference art history, popular culture, queer theory, and Afrofuturist aesthetics. The result of his highly technical creative practice, involving a myriad of software platforms and new technologies, is a body of work that reflects the dynamism and technological richness of contemporary media culture.
The commission is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and The Director’s Fund.
Additional support is provided by Sarah Arison, the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art, the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund, Peter Steinberg and Kathrine Gehring, and Helen Lee Warren and David Warren.
Special thanks to RLab and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering for video production support.