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Stacks, 1990
Richard Serra (b. 1939; B.F.A. 1962, M.F.A. 1964)
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, York Street courtyard

Richard Serra’s Stacks consists of two rectangular steel masses, each 93 inches high x 96 inches wide x 10 inches deep. As originally installed in the Sculpture Hall of the Art Gallery (shown here), they were inserted into the floor at an angle of 2.3 degrees from the vertical, centered on a long axis, and placed parallel to each other, sixty feet apart. The viewer entered the field created by the magnetism between the two elements, and engaged in a dynamic relationship with the work as he or she moved around and through the space defined by the sculpture’s presence. Stacks was created as a site-specific piece for the Sculpture Hall of the Art Gallery’s Swartwout building, but Serra re-sited the sculpture in the outdoor sunken courtyard of the Kahn building when the renovation of the building was completed in 2006. Katharine Ordway Fund, 1990