The Hitchhiker of Saul Steinberg is constructed of light-weight reinforced plywood held upright by a collapsible prop. Its current location is displayed on the map above. Clicking on the animated figure will display the time the location was reported. A note on its back requests passers-by to become a Player by transporting it in sequence to one of five places to qualify for a 1/7th share in the artwork.
Saul Steinberg Hitchhiker
in "Carry Me Back"
"Games Show NYC" in the Macy Gallery at the Teacher's College of Columbia University
The five destinations are:
The artwork will be set out on a random street corner on May 14.
Steinberg was born in Rāmnicul Sărat, Romania. He studied philosophy
for a year at the University of Bucharest, then later enrolled at the
Politecnico di Milano, studying architecture and graduating in 1940.
During his years in Milan he was actively involved in the humor
newspaper Bertoldo. He
left Italy after the introduction of anti-Semitic laws by the Fascist
government. He spent a year in the Dominican Republic awaiting a U.S.
visa; in the meantime, he submitted his cartoons to foreign
publications. In 1942, The New Yorker magazine helped sponsor
entry into the United States, and thus began Steinberg's lifelong
relationship with this publication. Through well over half a century
working with The New Yorker, Steinberg created nearly 90 covers and
more than 1,200 drawings.
During World War II, he worked for military intelligence, stationed in China, North Africa, and Italy. After the war's end, he returned to work for American periodicals, but also began an active career in gallery and museum exhibitions around the world. He married Romanian born abstract expressionist painter Hedda Sterne in 1944. In 1946, Steinberg, along with artists such as Arshile Gorky, Isamu Noguchi, and Robert Motherwell, was exhibited in the critically acclaimed "Fourteen Americans" show at The Museum of Modern Art. The most recent retrospective of his art, organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, opened in 2006 and made an eight-stop tour in the US and Europe.
For more information visit the Saul Steinberg Foundation
Mid March, 2011: Lenni, Saul and Thelonious appear on earth, open up email accounts and create Facebook pages for themselves.
April 12 - Thelonious has 78 "friends." Lenni has 113. Saul: 88. They are frequently harassed by Facebook robots who suspect something fishy is going on.
April 22 - Thelonious, Saul and Lenni reveal their true nature on Facebook.
May 10. Monk's, Lenni's and Saul's tracker units were disconnected and they were hustled into a large van by driver Big Danny which disappeared down the road.
May 11- We are stopped in the dark and cold. Somewhere in eastern Ohio. This is worse than smuggling out of 1930's Romania.
May 14 - Saul is dropped off at Washington Market Park
Saul and Adam. This is not the first time Saul been behind iron bars.
Copyright © Jim Pallas 2011