Waiting for Baumann

Waiting for Baumann

Waiting for Baumann, 2008-09

Ligia Bouton
Video, Gustave Baumann studio table, Gustave Baumann chair
Courtesy of the artist and EVO Gallery. Table: Courtesy Palace of the Governors / New Mexico History Museum. Research Collection, Palace Press. Chair: Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. E. Catherine Rayne, 1993

In the early history of the Museum of New Mexico, artist studios used to occupy parts of the Palace of the Governors, before this museum was built. Ligia Bouton’s installation evokes a diorama that seemingly re-creates Gustave Baumann’s studio, complete with a table and chair that he made in the foreground. These trappings of studio life present the artist and his environment as ghosts of the museum’s past.

Bouton’s installation presents her own marionettes, modeled after specific Baumann marionettes such as Freckles or Nambe Nell, with the artist playing these characters. Some remain still while others are animated, all anxiously awaiting the return of Baumann to his studio, much like Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Marionette faces

Ligia as Duendeartist installing puppets
Parts and pieces of marionettes.
(Left) Duende marionette, with the face of Ligia Bouton.
(Right) Artist Ligia Bouton installing marionettes, with video projector overhead.

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