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On Nov. 17, the Kreeger Museum is hosting a panel on women and sculpture featuring an artist responsible for the best ruin porn the museum’s ever shown.
When artist Dalya Luttwak was commissioned to do a site-specific installation for the Kreeger Museum, she veered off the main grounds. The artist chose to work with the Kreeger’s old tennis courts. Not the museum tennis courts, but those used by David and Carmen Kreeger, back when the Philip Johnson–designed building that now houses their collection served as their home. The tennis courts haven’t been used since at least 1994, when the Kreeger Museum was born, though Kreeger spokesperson Molly Huh couldn’t guess the last time anyone played a game there.
The tennis courts have since fallen into disrepair. “Throughout the years of non-use, the floor cracked, the poles for the net rusted, and the metal fence was slowly covered with roots and vines of ivy, wisteria, and honeysuckle,” Luttwak says in a statement. “The gardeners over time tried to get rid of those weeds but to no avail—they grew integrally into the fence and could not be separated.”
For her installation, which opened in September, Luttwak painted the roots red and extended their reach through a system of steel vines. Her piece, When Nature Takes Over, is on view through July 2013. In this case, even her man-made nature is destined to lose out: The tennis courts are slated for demolition.