Viewpoints Through a New Lens

Viewpoints Through a New Lens

David Datuna’s “Viewpoint of Billions”


Only on view through the next three days, “Viewpoint of Billions” the art installation by David Datuna  at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, is quite simply, a must-see. For the project, Datuna took a classic American flag and covered it with a series of positive and negative optical lenses. Layered underneath the thousands of broken eyeglasses on the surface are hundreds of photos and newspaper clippings that explore American’s cultural and historical journey—from images and articles that touch on Lincoln’s assassination, to news of Steve Jobs and Apple,  to the Bernie Madoff downfall.  If you gaze long enough at a certain part of the flag, you can start to see videos surrounding that particular event, such as a JFK political campaign button, which then starts to morph into early Kennedy campaign ads. To make the experience even more complex, there are built-in cameras, imbedded into the flag, therefore creating a continuously evolving piece of artwork and extension of social media.  For more information, visit datuna.com.

“Viewpoint of Billions,” David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W. 62nd St., Dec 16-18. 8 a.m.-10 p.m