The Listening Point

  • Mary Van Cline, The Listening Point, 1999, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1999.38

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Mary Van Cline took a cultural exchange residency in Japan in 1987. Inspired by Buddhist temple architecture and Japanese theater, she began to construct theater sets and narratives within her photos. The Listening Point depicts a scene outside the Kyoto Temple in which Van Cline has arranged draped figures to suggest yin and yang, the Chinese principle of universal opposites.

Luce Object Quote

“I’m setting the stage, but I’m not controlling the story line. The viewer can create his own story.” Mary Van Cline, The Taft Museum, 1993

Title
The Listening Point
Artists
Date
1999
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
25 3/8 x 20 3/8 x 4 in. (64.6 x 51.7 x 10.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – costume – mask
  • Ethnic – Japanese
  • Dress – accessory – scarf
  • Figure group
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – stairs
Object Number
1999.38
Palette
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