Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Pavilion, Street Level Floor Plan
Staircase-IV -- a site-specific installation meticulously stitched out of a translucent red nylon fabric -- is a monumental and powerfully abstract rendering of Do-Ho Suh's New York apartment staircase in 1:1 scale. Born in Korea in 1962, Do-Ho Suh moved to New York in 1993, and in 1994 began focusing on a series of installations known as The Perfect Home. Made from silk and nylon fabrics and based on full-scale models of his home in Korea and the United States, these Homes are sensuous installations recalling tents and other forms of movable architecture, evoking the nostalgia of journey, migration, identity, and perhaps, most importantly, displacement.