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Visual Art

Kim Schoen

Sep 14, 2017—Feb 25, 2018
Natman Room and Diker Gallery Café, Peter Jay Sharp Building
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Peter Jay Sharp Building
Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby: 8am—11pm daily
Natman Room: 8am—6pm daily
Diker Gallery Café: 2:30—6pm Mondays and during BAMcafé hours (see calendar at for details)

BAM Fisher
12—5pm daily with extended hours before evening performances in the Fishman Space


This group exhibition, Loss For Words, spans multiple spaces across BAM’s campus and examines the shift from a culture that communicates with text-based language to one where the image is the dominant tool of communication.

Kim Schoen’s photographs focus on blank books typically used for furniture displays and theatrical backdrops. Playing with empty rhetoric and words without meaning, the “books” display titles like New Large Dictionary (Neues Grosses Lexikon) and Hawaii, projecting the subjective desires and ideas of their manufacturer in Germany, while the object, a signifier devoid of any content, exists solely to sit on a shelf. In photographing these objects, Schoen ascribes new meaning to these vacant forms, filling their interiors with questions about the relationships between image, text, and author.

A copy of Schoen’s book Hawaii (160) will be available for perusal in the Wendy’s Subway Reading Room, and additional copies will be made available for sale for $100 by contacting BAM Visual Art at

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Agnes Gund and Toby Devan Lewis