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Key and Cue No. 1182 (Remembrance has a rear and front)

Accession Number
2009/1.470

Title
Key and Cue No. 1182 (Remembrance has a rear and front)

Artist(s)
Roni Horn

Object Creation Date
1994

Medium & Support
cast plastic and aluminum

Dimensions
75 ¼ in x 2 in x 2 in (191.14 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Joan Binkow

Label copy
Working across a range of media, Roni Horn often explores the relationship between words and materials. Horn’s Key and Cue sculptures transform language into a physical form that is both text and physical presence. This duality is reflected not only in the text itself—“Remembrance has a Rear and Front”—but also in the way that the work invites viewing from multiple perspectives. Seen from one angle, the text forms an abstract pattern, while from another it emerges as a poetic phrase: the first line of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 1182.
Remembrance has a Rear and Front –
‘Tis something like a House –
It has a Garret also
For Refuse and the Mouse.
Besides the deepest Cellar
That ever Mason laid --
Look to it by its Fathoms
Ourselves be not pursued --
Jacob Proctor, Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
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6/28/10
Roni Horn (United States, born 1955)
Key and Cue No. 1182
1994
Aluminum and plastic
Gift of an anonymous donor
Working across a range of media, Roni Horn often explores the relationship between words and materials. Horn’s Key and Cue sculptures transform language into a physical form that is both text and physical presence. This duality is reflected not only in the text itself—“Remembrance has a Rear and Front”—but also in the way that the work invites viewing from multiple perspectives. Seen from one angle, the text forms an abstract pattern, while from another it emerges as a poetic phrase: the first line of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 1182.
Remembrance has a Rear and Front—
’Tis something like a House —
It has a Garret also
For Refuse and the Mouse.
Besides the deepest Cellar
That ever Mason laid—
Look to it by its Fathoms
Ourselves be not pursued—

Subject matter
One of a series of sculptures in which Horn transforms language into a physical form. Seen from one angle, the text forms an abstract pattern, while from another it emerges as a poetic phrase: the first line of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 1182.

Physical Description
Aluminum shaft with block letters cast in black plastic.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
abstract sculpture

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
abstraction
literary theory
memory
text (layout feature)

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