Daniel Arsham: Hourglass

Daniel Arsham (American, born 1980)   Amethyst Sports Ball Cavern , 2016 Amethyst crystal, quartz, and hydrostone Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin/photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli [Daniel Arsham standing at center] 

Daniel Arsham (American, born 1980)
Amethyst Sports Ball Cavern, 2016
Amethyst crystal, quartz, and hydrostone
Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin/photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli
[Daniel Arsham standing at center] 

Daniel Arsham: Hourglass

March 4–May 21, 2017 

Join Daniel Arsham Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for a public preview of the exhibition, part of First Fridays at the High Museum.
Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby and Second Floor.

This exhibition continues artist Daniel Arsham’s (American, born 1980) ongoing project Fictional Archaeologies, in which he creates replicas of everyday objects—such as basketballs and cameras—in precious and semi-precious stones. The objects become fossils, remnants of our present seen through the eyes of a future researcher. 


Hourglass comprises three related, site-specific installations, each infused with mythology and striking color. In one area, the artist will create a complete Japanese Zen garden with traditional pagoda, tatami mats, and raked sand, all rendered in bright blue. Arsham will transform a second gallery space into a purple amethyst cavern composed of sports equipment. The final installation consists of a set of large hourglasses filled with crushed blue crystals and sculptural casts. Performers will move through the gallery periodically, subtly altering different elements of the space. 

Arsham’s interdisciplinary practices range from painting and sculpture to set design. In 2004, he began producing scenography for ballets, symphony orchestras, operas, and music videos. He has worked with composers and choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Pharrell Williams, and Jonah Bokaer. Arsham founded the design and architectural firm Snarkitecture with Alex Mustonen in 2007 and the production company Film the Future in 2014 with Ben Louis Nicholas and Courtney Andrialis. His work has been presented at MoMA PS1, the MCA Academy in Miami, the Athens Biennale, the New Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and other renowned institutions. 

Arsham lives in New York City. This exhibition parallels Arsham’s scenography for two of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s spring shows: Christopher Theofanidis’s Creation/Creator and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo. 

The Museum commissioned artist Lauri Stallings to create choreographies for two of the installations in Hourglass. Stallings’s movement systems will be performed by two glo Atlanta “people movers.” This collaboration is in conjunction with the premiere of Orfeo, for which Stallings is creating a series of tableaux vivants.

Exhibition Organization and Support

Daniel Arsham: Hourglass is co-organized by the Daniel Arsham Studio and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Galerie Perrotin, New York. 

This exhibition is made possible by Exhibition Series Sponsor Turner, Premier Exhibition Series Supporters Sarah and Jim Kennedy and Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, and Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters Corporate Environments and Margaret Foreman. Generous support is also provided by Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, and Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund.