Robert Smithson (1938‑1973) Ithaca Mirror Trail, Ithaca, New York, 1969 Slide, 35 mm, 8 slides, projection, colour, 8 photographs, colour, Cibachrome print, on paper and map Overall display dimensions variable Tate Acquisition Reference T07868
There are whole swaths of this pamphlet I’ve only skimmed, but I suppose that’s appropriate. LaFargue was Karl Marx’s son-in-law (after more than 40 years together, he and Laura Marx committed suicide together), and I remember seeing this and feeling immense relief that there might be some theoretical underpinning to my general slouchiness. I love that the original cover price was 10 cents, and I think about it all the time, whenever I catch myself against that anxiety that somehow my life is a thing that I’m squandering, and not a thing that is bewildering and open.
“Prof. Cockerell of the Royal Academy painted this watercolor diagram to show his students 4000 years of architectural history. The horizontal bands of color across the painting indicate different periods and cultures. Since he painted it in 1848, architectural history stops there. But perhaps the pyramids on top point to the future that the little travelers on the bottom may someday reach.”