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  • Angie LaPaglia (American), "Passages," (detail) 2018. Paper, red oak, steel cable.

  • Angie LaPaglia (American), "Passages," (detail) 2018. Paper, red oak, steel cable.

About the Exhibition

The Elevate at 21c program presents temporary exhibitions for artists living and working in the communities surrounding each 21c Museum Hotel property. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s world-class contemporary art collection. On your next visit to Oklahoma City, simply ask at the front desk in order to view the Elevate exhibits on the guest room floors.

On view from January through June 2019 – Elevate at 21c Oklahoma City presents:

Angie LaPaglia (American)
Passages, 2018. Paper, red oak, steel cable.

Inspired by the temporary inhabitants of the 21c Museum Hotel hallways, Angie LaPaglia created her site-specific installation Passages as a meditation on moving through life’s experiences as well as architectural spaces. Made up of fragmented phrases carved into heavy paper and attached to curving spines of wood, sunlight travels across the work during the day, projecting words onto walls, floors, and visitors, allowing the work to envelop viewers not only spatially, but with its own projected imagery.

Interested in the tension between the undulating paper forms and the rigid grid of the windows, LaPaglia states that it “is not unlike the tension experienced as we walk through life’s passages.” Thinking about the varied reasons guests may choose to stay in a hotel, she envisions the installation as a place in which viewers will contemplate their “own passages, acknowledge them as temporary, and find peace.”

As a poet, LaPaglia has published 1, a book of autobiographical poetry, and her work has been included in several anthologies. Recently, she has begun to give her poems physical structures, tracing words into paper as she does in Passages (her largest work to date). She does this, as she says, “to experiment with and further the form [of poetry] for a modern audience.”

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