Last summer, the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art played host to Cornelia Parker’s mix of a classic red barn house and the Victorian mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, which was actually only a façade. This year, though, the museum’s annual roof garden commission is much more inviting: visitors are free to join in on a frozen bacchanal, cocktails in hand, which the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas created by mining the institution’s collection and casting his picks from sections like African art and Antiquity in plaster, then coating them in weatherproof automotive paint.
Among the nearly 100 replicas spread throughout rows of dining tables and chairs in The Theater of Disappearance are also scans and 3D renderings of museum staff and their family members—including Rojas himself. In a nod to the museum’s past, when it relied heavily on mostly plaster versions of sculptural masterpieces, later swapped out after the late 1800s, there are more classical sculptures, too—even if some of them have been accessorized with bunny ears. Join the party with the best Instagrams from the festivities, here.
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