Roni Horn

Roni Horn

Born in 1955 in New York, Roni Horn grew up in the city and its suburbs. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design before earning an MFA from Yale University in 1978. Her first solo exhibition (outside the university) was held in 1980 at the Kunstraum München. Horn taught at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, for three years after completing her studies at Yale. She then returned to live in New York.
The diverse works Horn created in the 1970s included wedges of solid-colored glass set on shelves and an installation and performance centered on an ant farm. Her many trips to Iceland after finishing graduate school have had a major impact on her oeuvre; there she at- tempted to capture the essence of this land of remarkable geological activity and of relative isolation from the forces of globalization. In the 1980s, she worked on her sculpture series Pair Objects, in which identical geometric volumes, fabricated of metal, are displayed in two distinct spaces. During the 1990s, Horn created a body of text-oriented sculptures, in which bars or blocks of aluminum are embedded with plastic letters that spell out quotes from the writings of Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and others. Beginning in 2000, Horn was using photography to explore the essence of water as well as questions of human identity and appearance.
A major retrospective titled Roni Horn aka Roni Horn was organized by the Tate Modern and traveled to the Collection Lambert in Avignon and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in several Reykjavik venues, as well as in group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial (1991 and 2004), Documenta 9 (1992), Venice Biennale (1997 and 2003), Biennale of Sydney (1998), Moving Pictures at the Solo- mon R. Guggenheim Museum (2002), and True North at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin (2008).

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