Monika Weiss: Five Rivers Installation, drawing, performance, video and sound

September 6 – December 16, 2005



Time Being / by Guy Brett

Drawing on Syncope: The Performativity of Rapture in the Art of Monika Weiss / by James D. Campbell

Your trap shall be your shelter: the hidden desires and public appearances of Monika Weiss / by Aneta Szylak

Aletheia / by Meena Alexander



First I saw your face,
Then your whole body lying still
Hands jutting, eyelids shut

Twin nostrils flare, sheer
Efflorescence when memory cannot speak,
A horde of body parts glistening.

Your were feet at an angle
Stuck in a moving stream,
And under your ankles the spectre of a horse.

Its chestnut mane lopped off,
An ordinary creature in a time of war,
Hooves blown, trying to make do.

Meena Alexander

c. Meena Alexander, 2005 All Rights Reserved.
Note: Composed after seeing the performance Lethe Room ® by the Monika
Weiss. December 13, 2005. New York City, Lehman College Art Gallery.

About the author:
Meena Alexander author of Raw Silk ( TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern
University Press, 2004) is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter
College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.