Sigalit Landau’s solo presentation at MoMA was part of the Projects Series, established in 1971 to present work by emerging artists and to bring contemporary art to MoMA. The series is recognized as one of the museum’s hallmark exhibitions as it continues to show artists early in their career and give curatorial staff the opportunity to organize focused exhibitions of art new to the museum.
Landau’s exhibition displayed four major works: the wall-sized projection DeadSee (2005), a cord connects 500 watermelons, creating a six-meter, spiral-shaped raft on the salt-saturated waters of the Dead Sea. Day Done (2007) reinterprets an ancient Jewish custom in which an isolated area of a newly built house is intentionally left unpainted or unfinished to symbolize the remembrance of destruction of the Second Temple. Cycle Spun (2007), comprised of three videos that depict acts of spinning, or circular motion, against a landscape backdrop in Israel. The gallery was lit by Barbed Salt Lamps (2007), a cluster of barbed-wire objects which hovered like a cloud of chandeliers overhead.