Kay Rosen - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Kay Rosen
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Sring and Summer 2021

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. to cover the 90-foot-long and 10-foot-tall construction wall at the East Building's Main Entrance while the building undergoes renovation, Kay Rosen's SORRY (2020-2021) cleverly acknowledges the museum's temporary closure while also suggesting larger issues of institutional voice, care, and responsibility. Trained in linguistics, Rosen investigates the visual possibilities of language through a range of mediums, including paintings, drawings, prints, murals, and videos. Her work explores how scale, material, composition, typography, and design can affect the meaning and structure of words, with poetic and graphic results.


SORRY is on view outside the main entrance of the East Building from mid-April into the summer.

April 20, 2021