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Jenny Holzer + Your Private Documents

AT HOME ART DATE | read scroll express

When asked by the New York Times what she had been doing over the past year during Covid, she replied, I practiced applied art, maybe agitprop, for the elections. Also, I indulged in ugly watercolors on formerly secret documents that I littered with filthy words. Women should swear more.”

Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950, in Hoosick, New York) is an American neo-conceptual artist who aesthetically and economically questions the role of institutions and their role in art concerning gender, race, and class.

Holzer’s work is inextricably linked to the public sphere. Advertising billboards, projections on buildings and other architectural structures, and illuminated electronic displays are among her large-scale installations.

This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance to display unpopular thoughts you don’t express because you don’t want to offend. Improvise and experiment in the safety of your own space.

(element one) READ an Interview Magazine article about Holzer.

(element two) WATCH a short documentary created by a Holzer fan.

(element three) EXPRESS what you are feeling now through the recycling of old important papers.

(element one) READ an Interview Magazine article about Holzer here.

(element two) WATCH a short documentary created by a Holzer fan here.

(element three) EXPRESS what you are feeling now through the recycling of old essential papers. Find those old bank statements or tax documents that you’ve meant to shred and use whatever art supplies you have on hand, and put new words on the papers that give them a new meaning. Express feelings of frustration, anger, and grief. What do you need to get off your chest? It can be related to the document or not. Make it art. Please take a photo and send it to a friend or send it to me. I would love to see what you have created! Try always to share your art. If it is too private, shred away.

Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!

If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.

I hope you find Simone Jenny Holzer + Your Private Documents to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.

I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.

These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity. Buy Pattie a Cup of Tea.



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